Just follow me here. On immigration, Rand Paul says:
The main part of my plan is trust but verify that says we have to have border security.
The Wall Street Journal reported about Rand Paul’s proposal for a huge new guest worker program:
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul recently made a splash when he endorsed immigration reform, and he had the right idea this week when he called for a simple, generous guest-worker program. “We need a very expansive, easily usable visa program. Everybody who’s got a job needs to be prioritized to get a work visa. It should be like this,” he said, snapping his fingers, according to CQ.com.
And in his big immigration speech Rand Paul said this about internal enforcement of immigration laws:
My plan will not impose a national ID card or mandatory E-Verify, forcing businesses to become policemen.
We should not be unfair to those who came to our country legally. Nor should we force business owners to become immigration inspectors-making them do the job the federal government has failed to do.
Let’s put this all together. Rand Paul is for as large a guest worker program as US employers could want at any given moment. Rand Paul also wants to make it virtually impossible to enforce the law against guest workers whose visas had expired since future employers would not have to check with a federal database. This is a plan for not only a huge guest worker program, but also for a new ever-expanding population of unauthorized immigrants who overstayed their visas but originally crossed the border legally. Sure Paul is in favor of border security. Just as soon as border security is irrelevant as an aspect of immigration enforcement policy.
One reason that Rand Paul is such an effective ideologue is that he makes an effort to affiliate with conservatives. His dad had a way of talking that made mainstream conservatives think that Ron Paul thought of them as dupes and coconspirators who needed to be enlightened. Rand Paul makes a big show of treating mainstream conservatives as friends and allies. The better to dupe you with my dear.