Update: 3/20/13: Rand Paul took exception to the AP article which described his plan as a pathway to citizenship. He said he only mentioned citizenship once in describing himself as not always being the best citizen. He said he is not opposed to the Rubio plan.
He said that if people want to work here, the US will find a place for them but, to become a citizen, people must apply and get on the back of the line, with a window that closes.
Rand Paul strongly emphasized that the border must be secured.
Rand Paul also said that many of the people here illegally came legally but overstayed their VISAS. He said to fix the illegal immigration problem, we must also fix legal immigration.
Original Story: 3/19/13: Rand Paul said today, Tuesday, that Republicans must give up their opposition to immigration reform. He dismissed claims that illegals are coming here for entitlements. He said, “I’ve never met a new immigrant looking for a free lunch.”
“Hispanics should be a natural and sizable part of the Republican base. That they have steadily drifted away from the GOP in each election says more about Republicans than it does Hispanics,” Paul will say, arguing, “Defense of the unborn and defense of traditional marriage are Republican issues that should resonate with Latinos but have been obscured by the misperception that Republicans are hostile to immigrants.”
“Those who work for reform must understand that a real solution must ensure that our borders are secure. It must modernize our immigration controls and databases. It must allow for as much legal immigration as our workforce requires. And it must treat those who are already here with understanding and compassion — without also unduly rewarding them for coming illegally,” Paul will say.
“We should be proud that so many want to come to America, that it is still seen as the land of opportunity. Let’s make it a land of legal work, not black-market jobs. Let’s make it a land of work, not welfare. Our land should be one of assimilation, not hiding in the shadows.”
I agree with Rand Paul that a pathway to citizenship is feasible if we secure our borders, do careful background checks, and get rid of the entitlements offered to non-citizens. Rand Paul has long been a proponent of immigration reform.
Full story at US News