We are a country of immigrants. Idealistic dreamers created this country. People who have ideas and a willingness to work add to our economy and culture- making life better for all of us. We should continue to make room for as many of these people as we can realistically assimilate.
Rand Paul’s speech at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce captured this point of view. Here are his money quotes:
“If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you.”
“[We should] not to stop most immigrants from coming-we welcome them and in fact should seek to increase legal immigration.”
“It would also enable us to let more people in and allow us to admit we are not going to deport the millions of people who are currently here illegally.
This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.
Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.
12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.”
Let’s create probationary work visas, bring people out of the shadow economy, and start working diligently to educate and assimilate the latest newcomers, high skilled and low skilled alike, so that we can live true to our motto, E Pluribus Unum- Out of Many, One.