Rand Paul wants to give all illegal immigrants US citizenship | EUTimes.net
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In another break from Republican Party orthodoxy, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said that America’s illegal immigrants should be integrated into the tax system in a program that would eventually lead to the possibility of citizenship.
Speaking about immigration issues at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Paul said “Let’s start that conversation by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport” the millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States en masse.
“Prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into becoming and being taxpaying members of society,” the Tea Party leader and suspected 2016 presidential candidate added.
The senator specified that his support for comprehensive immigration reform would be contingent upon tougher border security and confirmations from Congress that it has indeed been strengthened.
He did not elaborate, though, on how the country’s borders might be made safer.“Immigration reform will not occur until conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution.
I am here today to begin that conversation and to be part of the solution,” he said.Paul never actually said the word “citizenship” in his 17-minute speech, with aides telling the press later that the senator’s legislative aims would see illegal immigrants given a probationary status as legal workers.
Such a program would then give such legal non-citizen workers the opportunity to obtain permanent residency through the coveted green card program. After five years, they would be eligible to apply for citizenship.Immigration has become a central issue in…………