Paul says calling something a "path to citizenship" means "everybody closes their ears."—
Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) March 19, 2013
Poor Rand Paul. He is trying to talk up his “path to citizenship” plan for illegal aliens, but people who support enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws just don’t want to listen.
Its not his fault, mind you. It’s the “polarizing nature of the conversation.”
Paul admits in a conference call that his immigration rollout has been confusing; blames polarizing nature of the conversation—
Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 19, 2013
According to Paul and his allies, the plan Paul supports certainly isn’t amnesty:
Oppose amnesty? So does every GOPer. Not skipping line, paying fine, passing background check, learning English & wait ~13 yrs ain't amnesty—
Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) March 19, 2013
Not everyone sees it that way, however.
This much is not in dispute: Paul is proposing mass legalization of people who reside in the United States illegally. In that key respect, his proposal is similar to legislation that was enacted in 1986. For some odd reason almost everyone refers to the 1986 legislation as an “amnesty.” Go figure!
In throwing his support behind amnesty (or “path to citizenship” or whatever you want to call it), Sen. Paul joins many other prominent Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. John McCain, GOP strategist Karl Rove, former president George Bush, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
If conservatives are tired of hearing the word games and double talk, we can’t say we blame them.