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Morning Examiner: Rand Paul on immigration

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is expected to address immigration today when he speaks to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. According to prepared remarks obtained by multiple news outlets, Paul will say, “Defense of the unborn and defense of traditional marriage are Republican issues that should resonate with Latinos but have been obscured by the misperception that Republicans are hostile to immigrants.”

Unfortunately, that is just completely false. Latinos are not supporters of traditional marriage or the lives of the unborn. According to the 2012 exit polls, 59 percent of Latinos say their state should legally recognize same-sex marriage, and 66 percent said abortion should be legal. Latinos also overwhelmingly support Obamacare, higher taxes, more spending, and they don’t believe in the Second Amendment either. Other than that, they are great conservatives.

Paul is on firmer ground when he says, “Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport” the millions already here. That is a great place to start. Republicans can not expect to make ground among any immigrant communities if they are threatening to deport anyone. But that does not mean those who came to this country illegally should be given citizenship. As Boston College Political Science Professor Peter Skerry has argued, it would be much easier, and fairer, to simply grant those found in the United States, that are not criminals or threats to national security, permanent residency. Then nobody would have to go through the farce of forcing poor immigrants to pay fines and back taxes.

Paul explicitly never endorses a path to citizenship. Instead he writes, “If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you.” That is an improvement over the GOP’s current message.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post, relying on the Associated Press and BuzzFeed, reported that Paul endorsed a path to citizenship. We have no obtained an advance copy of the speech and those reports are 100 percent false.

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