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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rand Paul Doesn't Need Your Lousy Labels, Man

Posted by on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM

This morning, the media was promising that Rand Paul would discuss a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants today. But Slate points out that the truth is a lot more complicated: Paul never used the term "path to citizenship" once.

Paul told the Washington Post that he never used the word citizenship on purpose. ”Basically what I want to do is to expand the worker visa program, have border security and then as far as how people become citizens, there already is a process for how people become citizens. The main difference is I wouldn’t have people be forced to go home. You’d just get in line. But you get in the same line everyone is in.” So, Paul’s plan would make it easier to become citizens, but he doesn’t want to hear any of this path-to-citizenship nonsense. Um, OK. The obvious question: Why? Oh, it’s semantics. “I think the whole debate on immigration is trapped in a couple of words: path to citizenship and amnesty,” he said. “Can’t we just have reform and not refer to them by names?”

Paul is hoping that the right-wing primary voters won't notice he's for reform if he doesn't call it reform. Sad thing is, that's probably a safe bet.


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Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 1
G-d wants us to name things. It's in in the Bible, Rand Paul.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM · Report this
And to think, just a few years ago he was wanting to deport hispanic people regardless of their citizenship status, American citizens included.

Is there any "deeply held moral value" the republicans aren't flip-flopping on?
Posted by GermanSausage on March 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM · Report this
Of course he doesn't want a "path to citizenship". That's something that filthy Obama supports. He just wants people to have a "road to Americanization". That's what true Americans support.

Posted by Root on March 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
@2 no, they'll repeat the words you want to hear in public and continue spouting the exact opposite in private.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM · Report this
So he's for cheap labor, not citizenship. How very GOP!
Posted by retrogrouch on March 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM · Report this
"Basically what I want to do is to expand the worker visa program,"......."The main difference is I wouldn’t have people be forced to go home. You’d just get in line."

What is indentured servitude, Alex?

Gotta give Rand Paul credit indentured servitude is certainly Colonial.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on March 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 7
Well, I guess a Pope from South America makes all sorts of changes.
Posted by Ballard Pimp on March 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 8
Rand Paul and the rest of the republicans are selfish at best and evil at worst, that said...

Neither political party has a good plan for dealing with illegal immigrants. It's a can of worms.

What should be done is to severely punish businesses that hire illegal immigrants and who treat them as disposable slaves - punish the dealers not the users - but nobody's got the balls to throw Small Business Mom & Pop landscaping or fast food joint in jail for hiring illegals and paying them in beans.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM · Report this

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