WASHINGTON – A spokesman for NumbersUSA, an advocacy organization focusing on legal immigration into the United States, says anything short of requiring the nation’s millions of illegal aliens to return home is amnesty.
The comments from Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, come in light of recent comments from Sen. Rand Paul R-Ky., who said that, “If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, they we will find a place for you.”
“If you allow people to not experience the consequences of the law, that is amnesty,” Beck told WND in an interview. “The consequence of amnesty is that you go home.”
He said Paul’s idea “reminds conservatives in the GOP that he is a libertarian not a conservative.”
“His libertarian ideology is based on the idea that … American workers should have to compete directly with all the rest of the workers in the world. It drives Libertarians crazy that Americans make more money than workers in the Third World,” Beck said.
Beck said Paul’s ideas would have significant economic consequences, and the agenda of this plan is “a keeping wages low plan, because it is not just about adding people into the legal labor market.”
“There are more Hispanic-Americans in poverty than black-Americans… this is related to a labor market glut. What Rand Paul is proposing is to flood the flood. Every classic economic model says, when you flood a labor market glut, you will drive down the price of labor and have more unemployment,” Beck explained.
He said the most significant issue is that as long “as illegals can get jobs, there will be a huge amount of illegal immigration.” He said it’s something neither Barack Obama nor Rand Paul addresses.
What he said was he wanted to expand the worker visa program, secure the border and acknowledge that there already is a system for people to become citizens.
He’s gotten support from several members of the U.S. House.
“We write to offer you our support, encouragement and assistance as we work together to identify the principles that must guide our nation’s thinking on immigration reform,” the letter said.
“You noted Tuesday in your remarks to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that ‘somewhere along the line, Republicans have failed to understand and articulate that immigrants are an asset to American, not a liability,’ and that the Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration. We wholeheartedly agree – and stand alongside you in your efforts. We believe you put it best when you said, ‘Immigration reform will not occur until conservative Republicans … become part of the solution.”
The letter was signed by Reps. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.; Justin Amash, R-Mich.; Thomas Massie, R-Ky.; Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.; Trey Radel, R-Fla.; and Mark Meadows, R-N.C.
The House members said they believe there are three key ingredients to a solution: Ensuring the security of the borders, expanding legal immigration and finding a way to “address” the reported 11 million illegal aliens now in the nation.
Paul also was named just this week as the go-to man for the GOP for the 2016 presidential race by new conservative star Dr. Benjamin Carson.
“He has courage, he’s willing to take positions that some other people won’t and part of the problem that we’re having right now is that there are a lot of people who lack courage, who always want everybody to adore them and they just are not willing to take stands based on real convictions. And when I see that, I’m really impressed with it,” Carson told the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.
Carson is director of the pediatric neurosurgery division at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He shot to national prominence after giving a speech Feb. 7 at the National Prayer Breakfast. With President Obama seated just two chairs to his right, Carson delivered a blistering critique of class warfare and Obamacare.
Bob Vandervoort, the executive director of Pro-English, said there are other issues, too.
“Without any broad sweeping language requirements, it does lead to the very real possibility of a bilingual nation,” he said.
And Bob Dane, the communication director of Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, suggested it is time “to dispense with the idea that amnesty has anything to do with immigration reform and Republicans need to dispense with the idea that amnesty will reform their party.”
Dane described the idea of granting amnesty to Hispanics to get their votes as “insulting to legal Hispanics.”
While Paul has argued that Hispanics belong in the GOP base because they share “our belief in family, faith and conservative values,” Beck and Dane both disagreed.
Beck criticized the idea of catering to a particular group and Dane said, “Hispanics are not going to vote for you because you granted amnesty.”
Additionally, conservative columnist and WND contributor Ann Coulter in a recent op-ed on her website, decried the historical failed attempts by Republicans to reach out to Hispanic voters.
While President George H.W. Bush created “diversity visas,” hugely increased legal immigration and eliminated the English requirement on the naturalization test, he won only 25 percent of the Hispanic vote in 1992, less than Mitt Romney’s results in 2012.