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So I sat down tonight to finally get around to writing my hit piece about Ron Paul on his immigration stance.

That's right, a hit piece that would shut you Ron Paul wackos supporters up once and for all about how tough Ron Paul is on immigration.

For some reason through briefly glancing over his record at one point and reading some articles over the years, I had come to the conclusion that he was a fake, a fraud and had just jumped on the immigration bandwagon.

How wrong I was!

I truly don't know how I made that mistake - It probably was the H1-B visa issue I mention below - but here's the information that I've dug up on my long awaited witch hunt - that turned into almost total admiration - for Ron Paul on immigration.

First, let me preface this with the meaning of "almost total admiration". I am a Tancredo supporter. You can't "out Tancredo", Tancredo on immigration, it simply isn't possible and hence the "almost total admiration" bit.

A quick overview of Ron Paul. He's been a Republican Representative for Texas since 1997. He is a member of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus founded by Tom Tancredo in 1999 (and currently led by Brian Bilbray). He has an almost lunatic and hellbent group of supporters out there that always show up at every rally I've been to (one time with a guy wearing a Ben Franklin outfit). He also has managed to turn these supporters into donors, racking up some impressive cash to support his candidacy.

OK, enough on that basic info. Here is what you really need to know about Ron Paul and immigration.

I'm not going to just spout what he's been saying on his website. All of this information below is backed up with hardcore action through Ron Paul actually voting and signing official letters in Congress.

"We have security issues at home and our resources are running thin. Our education system is stretched, and immigration accounts for virtually all the national increase in public school enrollment in the last 2 decades. There is a worker present in 78% of immigrant households using at least one major welfare program... It’s no surprise then that often times these immigrants can afford to work for lower wages. They are subsidized by our government to do so." - Ron Paul

Birthright Citizenship

Gone, Finito, Adios! Ron Paul would end the practice of "anchor babies", "jackpot babies", birthright citizenship or whatever you want to call it.

He has personally co-sponsored 5 bills going all the way back to his first appearances on Capitol Hill in 1997 to end birthright citizenship and the practice of giving US citizenship to the children of illegal aliens.

There's no doubts on his stance on this.

"The anchor baby phenomenon has also been very problematic. Simply being born on US soil to illegal immigrant parents should not trigger automatic citizenship. This encourages many dangerous behaviors and there are many unintended consequences as a result of this blanket policy. I am against amnesty and I have introduced an amendment to the Constitution (H.J. Res 46) which will end this form of amnesty." - Ron Paul

Funding Illegal Alien Social Services

La Raza won't like Ron Paul one single bit when it comes to all the freebies that illegal aliens currently get.

Oh yes, Ron Paul would not just do away with some little programs they receive, but would take away the following current gifts they receive from US taxpayers.

  1. public schooling
  2. social security
  3. welfare
  4. free healthcare
  5. food stamps
  6. any other form of government assistance

In addition he voted against the "Totalization" agreement several times that would have given illegal aliens from Mexico US Social Security.

"Right now we are subsidizing a lot of illegal immigration with our robust social programs and it is an outrage that instead of coming to the United States as a land of opportunity, many come for the security guaranteed by government forced transfer payments through our welfare system. I have opposed giving federal assistance to illegal immigrants and have introduced legislation that ends this practice. In the last major House-passed immigration bill I attempted to introduce an amendment that would make illegal immigrants ineligible for any federal assistance." - Ron Paul

Sanctuary Policies

Goodbye to funding for states and cities using sanctuary policies.

Ron Paul has voted to deny federal funding to states that won't work and share information with federal immigration agencies. Voted to deny highway funding to states that issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Remember these are actual votes, not just a lot of talk about it. The vote against highway funding was in 2003, long before presidential campaigns were forcing people like Romney, Giuliani and Huckabee to play some game with immigration.

Border Security And Local Enforcement

Ron Paul voted for the border fence. He has also voted several times for state and local law enforcment to be allowed to help enforce immigration law. The one thing he has voted against time and again is putting troops on the border. He has however voted for bills to increase the Border Patrol.

"I have also supported the strengthening our border and increasing the number of border patrol agents. It is an outrage that our best trained border guards are sent to Iraq instead of guarding our borders. For national security, we need to give more attention to our own border which is being illegally breached every day, and yet the government shirks one of its few constitutionally mandated duties, namely to defend this country. Citizens lose twice with our current insecure border situation – we don’t have the protection we should have, and then taxpayers have to deal with the fallout in the form of overstretched public resources and loss of jobs." - Ron Paul

Workplace Verification And Free Trade

Free trade affects immigration and Ron Paul is against it firmly. He voted against CFTA (Chile Free trade Agreement), SFTA (Singapore Free trade Agreement) and CAFTA (Central American Free trade Agreement). He also voted to prevent immigration related items to be included in Free Trade Agreements. Some sneaky people were trying to include special country related immigration allowances in these agreements as part of the deal.

Where Paul is wobbly is on workplace enforcement. He voted against the Basic Pilot Program employment verification system in 2003, but then voted in favor of HR 4437 in 2005, which included the Basic Pilot Program in it. He also voted against funding the REAL ID Act and to not tie a driver's license expiration date to a visa expiration date. From what I've seen and read this all seems to have something to do with his stance on privacy rights, not the opposition to making sure workers are legal. I'd like to ask him what his proposal for verifying workers is if he doesn't agree with E-VERIFY, which is what Basic Pilot is now known as.

Matricula Consular And Other Non-Verified Foreign Documents

Ron Paul has stood firmly against "ID Cards" issued by Consulates like the Matricula Consular issued by Mexican Consulates throughout the US. Paul has voted against their acceptance by financial institutions as well as against their acceptance by federal agencies and authorities.

Foreign Workers

Another small strike against Paul is his voting in favor of doubling high tech worker H1-B visas in 1998. In that same year he also voted against a bill that would have required that businesses ensure that they've actively tried to hire an American worker before applying to have a foreign worker come here on a visa like the H1-B.

I find that to be a little shameful that he would allow for the free flow of new foreign workers that could displace Americans. However, look at the date of that vote. 1998. The dot-com bubble was just about to take off and and I was there at the time. Things were hopping and there truly was a shortage of workers at the time. I think there should have been a cliff though with the bill and it should have been up for review every other year to ensure that our tech workforce wasn't decimated like it was.

Visa Lottery


Ron Paul has voted many times to get rid of the Visa Lottery. A worthless system that draws names out of a hat as to who comes here rather than looking at their qualifications and what they can do for our country and reasonings for coming here.

Mexican Trucks

"Rather than securing our borders, we seem to be providing more pores for illegal aliens, drug dealers, and terrorists to permeate. ... Not only that, but the anti-competitive and burdensome yoke of over-regulation of our industry at home is about to send a lot more Americans to the unemployment lines." - Ron Paul (1)

Other Items

Paul has also signed two letters directly related to immigration to the speaker of the House. The first was to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert opposing an amnesty for illegal aliens in 2000. The second was a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in 2007 from the Immigration Reform Caucus opposing the introduction of immigration legislation.

In Closing

So I stand corrected. Ron Paul is a true blue immigration warrior and I made a mistake somehow in thinking otherwise. This does not mean that I endorse him on other issues such as an immediate pull out of Iraq or the closing of Guantanamo Bay or the belief in the North American Union (although some of his other ideas are intriguing), just that his immigration stance truly is one that takes the issue head on in the right way and has for over 10 years.

You can read more about Ron Paul and his immigration stance at Americans for Better Immigration and the official Ron Paul 2008 Website

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Posted by Digger on December 17, 2007 06:21 AM (Permalink)

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I just wanted to say thank you for your fair and objective thinking on this issue. It is truly a sign of a healthy intellect when, even though you may disagree with a man, you are still willing to consider his positions in a thoughtful manner.

One small correction, which I'm sorry to say may make you have less admiration for Dr. Paul, but for me it's a positive. You state that he is against Free Trade agreements, which is completely true. But the reason he is opposed to them is because they represent hundreds of pages of trade regulations and expansion of government power. He is not opposed to free trade, in fact he wants low tariffs and for our economy to be fully engaged in the world market.

Posted by: LibertyMark on December 17, 2007 10:28 AM

I am (still) a Ron Paul supporter, but late one night, after he had given a speech on CSPAN and was mingling with the crowd, he was approached by an adult, self-described "child" of illegal aliens. Mr Paul repeated his stance against illegal immigration but grudgingly stated that although he voted for it, Paul thought the border fence was a "screwy" idea.

My personal support for the fence comes from the message it sends, not necessarily it's physical effectiveness. Hopefully, he was opposed to spending money on a fence that, in his opinion, was not cost effective.

Posted by: ken pope on December 19, 2007 02:10 AM

Just to correct one point: Paul returned to the Congress in 1997. He was in it earlier before losing in a Senate race and taking time off.

Posted by: David Sudweeks on December 19, 2007 04:52 PM

Thanks for researching Ron Paul and coming to your own conclusions - now you understand why we support him and more importantly, his message of freedom, peace and prosperity. I'd be remiss to mention that you should consider educating dismissive mud slingers.

Posted by: Terry Hamel on December 21, 2007 03:38 AM

Digger, thanks for your very nice journalistic work on Ron Paul's illegal alien position. It was a pleasure meeting you and Ruth at the Ramos & Compean protest last spring, we knew you guys were fair and objective then. In that same respect, I'd like to encourage you to further investigate Paul's positions, perhaps particularly on the NAU. I'm a little perplexed, especially knowing a bit about your work in the illegal alien arena that you seem to be eluding that the NAU is perhaps some figment of imagination? Judicial Watch had the SPP documents released under "right to know" and Jerome Corsi has spoken on it extensively. I have copies of those documents and they're very much about open borders between our countries in order to move "their human capital" freely between countries. And surely, with the Mexican truckers issue, you can't deny the trans Texas corridor splitting the USA in half to accomodate them? Or the legislation to block them?

As far as the war, I know that's a passionate issue for many of us. However, Ron Paul did not oppose going after Bin Lauden and voted to do that. Concerning Iraq, although he didn't support invading a country which he saw as no threat before we continued poking a stick in a bee hive, and since been proven we were lied to about the reasons for doing it. (and attempted again regarding Iran) But Paul wanted Congress to abide by our supreme law of the land, our Contitution, and "declare war,if they wanted to go to war, fight it and get it over with and get out". (debate at Reagan Library, can find on YouTube). There's a lot of military in my family from all branches who have or are sering honorably. I propose, despite what the powers that be are telling us about their reasons for this war, it's all about money and oil. I'm a long time republican and our party didn't used to be the war mongers. Strong on military defense, (optimum word) but not war mongers. The Democrats used to dream about wars believing it stoked the economy. This attitude was ushered into the Republican party with the neo-con era, they hijacked our party and changed the base's views in order to promote their globalist agenda of a world order (re: Geo HW Bush & Clinton) and gain control in the middle east to protect their "interests" = oil = the otherwise worthless "paper" we use for money. (the people were ordered to turn in the gold long ago, leaving us with this paper that is rapidly becoming as worthless as the greenback. And I propose "they" central bankers, independent private bankers, not our congress, control the gold just as they are trying to control all the oil now). Just personally, my son in law's purple heart from Iraq, wasn't worth trying to save the governments butt's for the quagmire they have created in our economy, which again, is apparently for their own benefit. High taxes, great inflation, oil at $100 a barrel, who benefits from that? and there's plenty of oil in Alaska.

If this is such an honorable war we're fighting, according to these powers that be, why, with the exception of Hunter, aren't their family members helping to fight it?

Just some thoughts.

Posted by: Ciel on December 27, 2007 02:51 PM

Your article was excellent...I heard him talk a couple of days ago he was totally opposite about the issue...He made it known that he was for property rights and there are no illegal immegrants here...They have all the right to work here and take our jobs...Like the article says they work for less money but by not paying taxes and getting the social programs they have 5 times more then we do to spend...

Posted by: Rich on May 17, 2011 05:51 PM

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