But wait… don’t call it amnesty. Call it “immigration reform“.
Immigration may not have been “the paramount issue” in Eric Cantor’s crushing primary loss, Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday.
The Kentucky Republican, on a conference call with reporters, added that he’s still in favor of immigration reform and partly blamed Republican gridlock over the issue to a misunderstanding over the word “amnesty.”
“We’ve been somewhat trapped by rhetoric and words, and amnesty’s a word that has kind of trapped us,” he said, adding that some people think it means giving undocumented immigrants a right to vote, while others say it means allowing them to obtain legal status without a penalty.
Others, he added, think it simply means not deporting those who came to the United States illegally.
“We’re trapped in a word that means different things to different people,” he said.
It’s so complicated what is amnesty anyway?
Just break free of the A-word and embrace more meaningful and descriptive terminology like “Comprehensive immigration reform” or “Man-caused illegal immigration disasters.”
Some people think amnesty means legalizing 12 million illegal aliens so they can vote for the Democratic Party. Others think it means giving corporations who like tax breaks and hate regulation a chance at some legal cheap labor that will then vote for tax hikes that will cause the companies to flee to China.
It’s so complicated. Who can even understand it?
His comments came in a conference call hosted by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for a New American Economy. Norquist and Bloomberg are both in favor of immigration reform.
If Norquist were actually anti-tax, he wouldn’t be allying with Bloomberg or pushing for a dramatic increase in the pro-tax party’s voting rolls.
Paul and Norquist pointed to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s primary victory in South Carolina.
Whew. Graham won. Let’s get back to promoting the Amnesty that Dare Not Speak its Name.
Paul argued that the different outcomes in the two elections indicates that immigration reform wasn’t “the paramount issue” that brought down Cantor.
For his part, Paul said “I am still for it.”
“I say everywhere I go I am for immigration reform,” he added.
Let’s see if he’s still telling in to Kentuckians in 2016.
The Democratic National Committee pushed back, arguing in an email blast that by voting against the Senate bill yet stating he’s pro-reform, “Rand Paul talks out of both sides of his mouth on immigration.”
The DNC is half-right. Like a lot of the GOP establishment he talks out of both sides of his mouth. But he only acts on one side.
He also weighed in on the recent influx of young people from Central America who’ve been crossing the border and turning themselves in to U.S. Border Control agents. U.S. law prohibits the Department of Homeland Security from immediately deporting the children if they are not from Canada or Mexico.
Paul speculated that some immigrants are coming to join the military.
Sure. That’s exactly what’s happening.