“We’re the only country that I know that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen. And I think that should stop.”
– Rand Paul in 2011, arguing in favor of a constitutional amendment that he co-sponsored ending “birthright citizenship” for children of illegal immigrants born in this country.
AND NOW …
“On immigration, common sense and decency have been neglected for far too long. Let’s secure our borders, welcome our new neighbors, and practice the values of freedom and family for all to see… Republicans need to give birth to a new attitude toward immigrants, an attitude that sees immigrants as assets not liabilities.”
– Rand Paul, in a speech today to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
“I do agree with Milton Friedman: You can’t have open borders in a welfare state. We’ve got a pretty considerable welfare state. So it’s not just about normalizing the 11 or 12 million here, it’s whether or not, while you’re doing that, another 11 or 12 million come in, and I think that will bankrupt the country…. We cannot just be a beacon for people to come here to be on benefits. The other thing that I’ll insist on that if there is a process of normalization that it include no welfare.”
– Rand Paul, in an interview Jan. 30, 2013
AND NOW ….
“Growing up in Texas I never met a Latino who wasn’t working…
America’s strength has always been that we are a melting pot with room for those who dare to dream. I’ve seen firsthand what it is like for new immigrants in Texas.
I’ve never met a new immigrant looking for a free lunch.”
– Rand Paul, today
“I support local solutions to illegal immigration as protected by the 10th amendment. I support making English the official language of all documents and contracts.”
– Rand Paul, in his 2010 Senate campaign
AND NOW ….
“My great-grandfather came to America (from Germany) in the 1880s…. He survived and ultimately thrived in his new country with a new language. In their home and their church they spoke German. Republicans who criticize the use of two languages make a great mistake.”
– Rand Paul today