US Senator Rand Paul has joined the likes of Lindsey Graham, Charles Krauthammer, Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and Haley Barbour in calling for amnesty for the many millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States. These leading Republicans are pushing such an agenda despite the fact that Hispanics (who make up the vast majority of the illegal immigrants) vote two-to-one in favour of the Democrats. The Republican Party stands to lose by a much wider margin in future presidential elections if millions of additional Third World immigrants are made into voters. Manu Raju has the story for Politico:
In the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection win and ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid of his own, the Kentucky Republican [Rand Paul] plans to mix his hard-line tea party conservatism with more moderate policies that could woo younger voters and minorities largely absent from the GOP coalition. It’s the latest tactic of the freshman senator to inject the Libertarian-minded views shared by his retiring father into mainstream Republican thinking as the party grapples with its future.
…He wants to carve a compromise immigration plan with an “eventual path” to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a proposal he believes could be palatable to conservatives.
What is Rand Paul’s motivation for the pro-amnesty push?
…Paul appears to want a more influential role in his party than simply the bomb-throwing back-bencher with a penchant for grabbing headlines.
He wants to be a ‘respectable conservative‘ insider.