Ron Paul on immigration and the Latino vote in 2012
Immigration is one of the main issues discussed in the 2012 presidential campaign in the United States.
In one side, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are trying to regain the trust of the mostly Latino and Native communities affected by immigration law enforcement policies, including mass incarcerations and deportations.
In the other side, the Republican Party is still calling us “illegal aliens” and talking about us like we are all criminals.
I think “Latinos” need to think as part of the whole U.S. we should not be treated any special than other peoples. Look at Black Americans, often dependent and usable because of the race card. I personally don’t agree with racial separations, we are people before “Latinos”.
The so-called Latino voters are extremely dissappointed on his leadership and most do not trust him much any longer. At least that’s what I hear in the DC metro area.
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In the other side, the Republican presidential candidate are furiously blaming us immigrants of all the problems of this country, and during their well-covered-by-the-media debates they use a xenophobic tone to dehumanize undocumented immigrants by calling us “illegals” or “illegal aliens“.
In those debates is where I noticed Ron Paul the only GOP candidate who comes across as honest, with integrity and the character needed to be the leader of this nation in the tough times that are coming ahead. The equation seems very simple.
So when my progressive friends tell me in despair they refuse to vote for Barack Obama -but they will never consider supporting a Republican- I remind them that at the end of the day, both parties are corrupted anyways. But there is onlyone candidate in this race who seems to be telling the truth.
I’m an undocumented immigrant [...] So this post is about an issue that is very personal to me.
Let me start by saying that I’m disgusted at the hypocrisy of the current White House, lead by a president who has lied shamelessly about every issue, but especially about immigration. President Obama promised a comprehensive immigration reform, and instead he has enforced the current laws in a Nazi-like fashion, displacing about 1.2 million workers most of whom are Native, indigenous or Latinos.
Cowardly, president Obama blames the Republicans in Congress of his failure to deliver his promises, and he has used theDream Act (a bill that would give citizenship to undocumented students raised in this country) as a political tool of distraction and “hope”.
Meanwhile, Republican-led states like Alabama and Georgia are following Arizona’s bad example by passing xenophobic laws that racially target indigenous communities. Even in the Department of Justice says the opposite, those racist laws have in essence the same mentality leading the Obama administration.
It’s not like the Democrats are friends of immigrants neither. Democrat leaders use working class voters -mostly Black and Brown- for their political gain. For instance, the current anti-immigrant laws in the U.S. are based on the abusive1996 IIRIRA Act bill passed by, guess who? Democratic leader and then president William “Bill” Clinton. It was a GOP-majority Congress then, but in 2008 the Democrats had a full majority in both the House and Senate, and they did nothing to repeal that law.
Actually, Bill Clinton incarcerated more Black and Brown men than any U.S. president in history.
Immigration is a very important issue for our Natives and Latino communities, regardless of what the elitist Hispanic VP of TV station Univision says. Well, she was born in Spain and educated in Miami. What does she know about our plight?
The current immigration crisis has affected our lives deeply, please read this report of Boston University about the impact of detentions and deportations on Latino families. The reality is that we immigrants are facing really tough times in the U.S., with broken families, increased poverty and an unknown future.
How can’t this affect us? About 53% of Latino families in the U.S. have a member who is undocumented, and those who can vote will think about this in 2012.
Reelecting Barack Obama would be a terrible mistake for this nation in general, as he is ruling for the rich and their corporations, while he is endorsing war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and recently Libya. Now he is invading Africa and preparing to attack Syria and Iran, and perhaps even Venezuela, Obama has proven to the world that he is not for the people, he’s worst than Bush.
As some of you know, I’m an undocumented immigrant living in the U.S. for over 14 years. I’m aware that I might never get U.S. citizenship, considering the current abusive mentality ruling the U.S. government’s policies and actions regarding undocumented immigrants.
However, I like to present my opinion about the issue of immigration, given the concern the candidates and the media are showing -mostly to blame us of their failures. So this post is about an issue that is very personal to me.
Let me tell you also that I participated actively in the 2008 presidential campaign by helping a few friends with online activism, in order to support the electrifying election Barack Obama. That is something I deeply regret 3 years later, not for the learning experience but because of the consequences of that election. Obama lied to all of us.
So here comes Ron Paul who unlike Barack Obama, has a lifetime record of proven consistence between what he says and what he does.
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Ron Paul on Immigration
This is what Ron Paul proposes for immigration, from his campaign website:
Secure the Borders – A Matter of National Security
A nation without borders is no nation at all.
It just doesn’t make sense to fight terrorists abroad while leaving our front door unlocked.
Unfortunately, for far too long, neither major political party has had the courage to do what is necessary to tackle the problem.
Instead, we’re presented with so-called “solutions” that involve amnesty proposals or further restricting Americans’ civil liberties through programs like REAL ID.
Ron Paul opposes both of these schemes and believes they will only make illegal immigration and the problems associated with it worse. He has been proud to see states exercising their Tenth Amendment rights and protecting their citizens by refusing to comply with the unconstitutional REAL ID law.
While the federal government neglects its constitutional responsibility to protect our borders, it continues to push mandates on the states to provide free education and medical care to illegal immigrants at a time when the states are drowning in debt. This must not be tolerated any longer.
Like most Americans, Ron Paul also understands just how valuable legal immigration is to our country.
Immigrants who want to work hard, obey our laws, and live the American Dream have always been great assets.
I agree. The U.S. cannot enforce its immigration laws unless it includes an vast and realistic enforcement of border security.
This is a very complicated issue, because it is not about militarization of the U.S. – Mexico border, or constructing a multi-billion fence, but about monitoring the border region with technology and devices that can stop not only the cruel human trafficking of workers, but also the trade of illegal drugs and armaments in both sides of the border.
This border enforcement will not happen under Obama.
Because as long as corrupted mafias control the White House and Congress, there will not be any border security. It is a great business for corporations and cartels to have unprotected borders where they can sneak in cheap labor, drugs and guns both ways. Meanwhile, thousands of innocent people die in the desert, and many are being robbed, raped and abused by traffickers. And some of those who make it, will eventually get incarcerated.
Common Sense Reforms
If elected President, Ron Paul will work to implement the following common sense reforms:
* Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.
* No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.
* Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.
* End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.
* Protect Lawful Immigrants – As President, Ron Paul will encourage legal immigration by streamlining the entry process without rewarding lawbreakers.
As long as our borders remain wide open, the security and safety of the American people are at stake.
As President, Ron Paul will address immigration by fighting for effective solutions that protect our nation, uphold the rule of law, and respect every American citizen’s civil liberties
I agree with most of these statements, even though the campaign team with Ron Paul need to explain his ideas in a more humanitarian way. As some of my friends point out, these proposals appear to be extremist, racist and xenophobic. Many progressives and independents are resentful about them.
In this video, Ron Paul explains to the right-wing journalist Jorge Ramos of TV station Univision, his views on illegal immigration. I like the fact that Ron Paul doesn’t use race as a factor to modify his policies in order to manipulate non-White people:
Ron Paul seems very honest and authentic and that is his personal signature. Unlike the Democratic party leaders and activists who use Immigration Reform as a political tool for elections -convincing Latinos, Blacks and Natives to support them every two or four years based on racial division- and a way to profit in the “non-profit” sector.
Reform that benefits all
Yes. The obsolete U.S. immigration laws need to be reformed to reflect the current reality of the world, which is facing crisis of human displacement.
The current laws are intended to punish undocumented immigrants -eliminating the effect not the causes- instead of providing workers with a realistic legal way to migrate, and those of us here with a path to citizenship that can benefit all the parties involved.
This allows a few private corporations to make a profit out of mass incarcerations and deportations. The Prison industry linked to the War industry is among the biggest lobbyists and donors of Washington politicians, including Barack Obama.
Paul calls for the end of the “Welfare State” which I support. Undocumented immigrants like myself, do not need handouts nor charity from the U.S. government. We should not come here to beg or to live off social programs intended to help those citizens who are in extreme need. Even if we pay taxes -we do thanks to the IRS convenient immigrant-friendly policies.
Living in the U.S., I have never used any welfare program from the federal government, but I have witnessed how some undocumented immigrants have used them by using fake IDs or stealing other peoples’ identities. They are a minority among us, but it happens too often and they give us a bad name. That corruption is allowed by the current system.
Also, the U.S. government should reform its immigration laws to prevent corporate corruption, workers abuse and human trafficking. It should give people a chance to legalize our status not only by paying fees and filling up forms, but mostly through self-financed years-long, community based educational programs that would guide immigrants to understand the meaning of becoming a U.S. citizen, by learning the values, rules, cultures and ways of living of the peoples of this country.
In this sense, I sympathize with those who are afraid or suspicious of the cultural isolation that many Spanish-speaking immigrants choose as a result of fear, prejudice, rejection or racial and class division. Many new comers, especially Natives and Blacks stay separated from the U.S. mainstream Anglo culture, because they are kept away by the language barrier and their own media, which promotes a “ghetto” mentality of self exclusion. This does not help our communities, especially our children.
No, I am not for cultural assimilation based on White supremacy, but I think immigrants should respect the values of the majority of the current population of this country.
No, I do not support the end of birthright citizenship, but I think is necessary for this country to prevent immigrants to come here only to have a child and then return to their homeland, hoping that they will get citizenship (and its social benefits) when their child turns 18. I personally know of cases of Peruvians who live in Peru and have traveled to U.S. hospitals to give birth to their children. That corruption mentality needs to be ended.
Finally, I think that this country needs to be honest with its responsibility on the increase of illegal immigration in the last two decades, caused mostly by economic and military policies created by Wall Street and Washington, DC. These factors have affected the lives of millions especially in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
For instance, the so called Free Trade Agreements with Mexico and Central America, have destroyed the economies of millions of workers and indigenous farmers, while U.S. funded internal conflicts with the support of the CIA and the Pentagon, have displaced millions from their homes in those regions.
Those who oppose the legalization of immigrants, need to understand that most people do not come to the U.S. illegally by easy choice, not at all. Many of us come here as a matter of survival, as a way to survive poverty, discrimination, violence.
But as Paul states, other group of people migrate here only to take advantage of the “welfare system” of this country. I have seeing many undocumented immigrants faking marriages and labor certifications just to get U.S. citizenship, including gays and lesbians who pretend being heterosexuals -they pay or get paid for those frauds. That is corruption.
Also, it is very important for those who advocate for immigrants rights to listen to the other side. I’m trying to do that, because I know many U.S. citizens who are afraid or angry at the increasing number of undocumented workers, especially in these times of economic hardship and high unemployment rates.
To those of you who think the lives of 12 million undocumented are identical, I remind you that we immigrants do not run this corrupted system of labor abuse and human trafficking. We did not create this worldwide crisis of the increasing inequality between the rich and the poor. Do not attack us, fight to change the system that is hurting you as well. And remember that not all of us are the criminals the media shows almost every day.
So how do you change the system? Maybe voting for a new president can help.
For once, I am extremely convinced that Barack Obama will not solve the immigration crisis if reelected. He has proven with his actions that he is a dishonest man who cares little about the poor and the oppressed. I believe that he intends to continue using the Latino votes while incarcerating and deporting at least 400,000 workers every year, and keeping immigrants in the limbo of uncertainty and fear.
Like I wrote before, I will fight my case to legalize my immigration status, but if I am ordered to leave the U.S. I will do it knowing that my only crime was to overstay my student visa, that I tried to follow the laws but the laws made it impossible for me to follow them.
If I decide to return voluntarily to Peru where I am from, it will be because I do not want to get incarcerated and abused by asystem that profits from human exploitation, a system openly supported by the current Democratic party and president Barack Obama.
So, in behalf of human rights for immigrants, the safety of humanity and world peace, I think that Ron Paul might the best choice for the 2012 presidential elections. At least he is telling what he really thinks. So I invite Latinos, Natives, and anyone who is eligible to vote in the U.S. to watch carefully and consider supporting the candidacy of Ron Paul.