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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rand Paul Inches Towards 2016 Run With Immigration Speech

Rand Paul Inches Towards 2016 Run With Immigration Speech

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took another step toward a 2016 presidential bid Tuesday, by offering his qualified support for immigration reform during a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Paul — who has refused to deny his interest in the presidency, is reportedly already laying the groundwork for a 2016 campaign — attempted to offer the type of “inclusive and welcoming” olive branch to Latinos that the RNC’s 2012 “autopsy” suggested the day before. Stressing that “immigration reform will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution,” Paul declared, “I am here today to begin that conversation and to be part of the solution.”

“Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants,” he continued. “If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you.”

The Tea Party favorite then laid out an immigration proposal that shares many elements with the bipartisan Senate plan endorsed by Paul’s potential 2016 rival, Marco Rubio, among others. Paul’s plan calls for strengthening border security, and eschewing mass deportations in favor of creating a “probationary period” during which undocumented immigrants could receive work visas (the total number of which would be determined by a bipartisan panel.)

“The modernization of our visa system and border security would allow us to accurately track immigration,” Paul said. “It would also enable us to let more people in and allow us to admit we are not going to deport the millions of people who are currently here illegally.”

Despite reports that Paul would support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, he ultimately stopped short of this crucial step. “Conservatives, myself included, are wary of amnesty,” Paul said. “My plan will not grant amnesty or move anyone to the front of the line.”

Advisors to Paul stressed that point to The Washington Post shortly after the speech, saying “What his plan is extending to them is a quicker path to normalization, not citizenship, and being able to stay, work and pay taxes legally,” and noting that “he does not mention ‘path to citizenship’ in his speech at all.”

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29 Responses to Rand Paul Inches Towards 2016 Run With Immigration Speech

  1. He is starting his campaign now? Boy I’m really going to get tired of hearing him by the time 2016 gets here. In fact I’m already tired of hearing him.

    • Good morning friend, it will be a looong three years if we have to listen to his mouth the whole time. Hopefully, his presidential campaign will go the same way his dad’s did, down the tube.

      I still say he looks like Lady Elaine Fairchild from Mr., Rogers Neighborhood.

      • This is going to be great no matter who we pick they can beat this guy, so I kinda hope he does get the nod. And good morning to you as well.

  2. This is like a dream come true. I can;t think of nothing better than a Paul-Rubio ticket running against Hillary-Warren. New super-computers would have to be designed to calculate the extent of the landslide.

  3. No citizenship, still talking self deportation but they want to reach out to Latinos. Figure after 2 yrs of hearing the GOP’s idea of out reach everyone will be more than tired of hearing it. Up side if they pretty much feel that way about us all so not just Latinos they would like to see jump on the self deport band wagon:)

  4. How any Republican can look at this nutty goober’s slack-jawed where’s-my-tin-hat expression without feeling compelled to apologize to America is beyond me. Aside from Paul’s extraordinary nutty demeanor, the fact that he’s a hero to the vile and despicable Tea Party is enough reason to drum him out of office and lock the door. Even in Kentucky they must have SOME standards.

  5. If this signals the beginning of his quest for the presidency, merely because of his more moderate stance on the immigration issue, then I feel we are a little premature. However, since he has almost four years in which to totally remake his image as someone who is more centrist and more reasonable, the he will have to figure out some way to completely r-image that past twenty years or so, in which he and his father established themselves as libertarians.

  6. I believe Rand Paul is so narrow minded that,if you could extract his brain and place it on the edge of a razor blade,he would think he was on a four lane highway!

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