Letter to Rand Paul on Immigration

Somehow I got onto Rand Paul’s email list. I get regular solicitations from him on one matter after another. Today I got one with this request:

I hope you’ll take a few moments to read my op-ed [in The Washington Times]… and, chip in a contribution so I can continue to lead the fight to push Congress to secure the border before enacting any immigration reform.

In Liberty,

Senator Rand Paul

Rand Paul supports liberty in many areas of life, but not in immigration.

Here is my reply:

Dear Rand Paul,

No way!

On this issue you are inconsistent with your principles. Liberty first.

Your “secure the border first” policy would deny peaceful foreigners the liberty to come here to work, and deny Americans the liberty to hire them, until the border is “secure.”

I can’t understand how you would take this position, and how of all things you can sign this message, “In liberty”! It is against liberty.

The first priority should not be securing the border but securing liberty: of Americans to hire peaceful immigrants, and of peaceful immigrants to work here.

If we’d just make it possible for peaceful people to come here legally, they’d cross the border on main highways, through immigration checkpoints where you could check them for security risks. Why not take the pressure off the border that way first?

Frustrated with your inconsistency,

Howard Baetjer Jr.

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