Former-Congressman Ron Paul has many controversial opinions about border security and illegal immigration. On one hand, he’s not in favor of building the border wall. On the other hand, he believes the illegal immigration problem would be partially solved if we simply cut welfare for those who cross the border illegally.
Paul joined Watters’ World to express opinions on several issues, including the immigration, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Syrian withdrawal.
“We would have to educate the people a little bit that we’re not owing everybody who comes here illegally a living and a job and schools and medical and the whole works,” Paul said.
While he acknowledged a majority are probably just coming for the jobs rather than purely welfare, he noted that an easy path to citizenship (or at least non-criminality) through the use of children is part of the incentive as well.
I respect the former Representative, but on this issue he’s very wrong. He doesn’t like that the wall keeps people out and also keeps people in, but here’s the thing. The wall would be a much bigger deterrent than simply cutting welfare.
Even without welfare, the prospects of getting a job that pays much better than anything they have in their home countries is enough incentive for people to continue to cross the border illegally even if they had no prospects of getting welfare. Moreover, his solution offers nothing towards stopping criminals, drug trafficking, and terrorists from coming over who have no interest in getting on the books for welfare.
The border crisis requires multiple solutions to truly end it. We must look at every option and not take anything off the table until it’s proven to be ineffective. We need a wall. We need more border patrol agents. We need to start enforcing the laws on the books.