Rand Paul on Illegal Immigration

Published on 05 May 2010 by RyanH in General News

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Millions of illegals crossing our border without our knowledge constitutes a clear threat to our nation’s security. I will work to secure our borders immediately.   Congress and the federal government have clearly failed at this mission.  It is intellectually dishonest to want to fight terrorism, and then not do the most basic things like securing the border.

Right now, our nation is at risk.   We must get serious about our border security, and I have a concrete plan to do so:  My plan includes an underground electric fence, with helicopter stations to respond quickly to breaches of the border.  I would include satellite and increased aerial surveillance, and a boost of funds and training to the border agents.   Finally, instead of closing military bases at home and renting space in Europe, I would advocate for more strategic location and construction of some of these bases to protect our border.

I do not support amnesty in any form. Those who wish to come here should respect our laws.  I do support legal immigration and recognize that the country has been enriched by those who seek the freedom to make a life for themselves, but we are allowing too many people to break out laws and endanger our security and economic systems.

We should also recognize that our system of welfare and benefits encourages this behavior.  We will not truly solve the illegal immigration problem if we continue to give too great an incentive for illegal immigrants to cross our borders seeking these handouts.

Much has been made of the recent Arizona law.   Let me start by saying the following:

I support local solutions to illegal immigration as protected by the 10th amendment.  Clearly, state and local government believe they must take these matters into their own hands, because of the federal government failure, and I support their right to do so.

I support laws that allow immigration status to be checked as a secondary issue, meaning, if a person has been stopped for some other valid reason.   I support the full enforcement of federal immigration laws, be it by federal or state law enforcement.

Finally, as a United States Senator, I will vote for any bill that strengthens border security, including the construction of a physical or electronic fence.

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