Rand Paul: “Constitution Doesn’t Apply to People Not in U.S”

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By: Elias J. Atienza

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) said that the Constitution doesn’t “apply to people who have not yet come to our country” in an interview with Andrew Wilkow, host of the “Wilkow Majority.” Speaking on President Donald Trump‘s executive orders on immigration, Paul argued that the United States has the right to make any “immigration law.”

“So if you want to be an immigrant into our country, the Constitution doesn’t apply to you, and we have every right to make any immigration law we want,” Paul said. “Now a lot of us have the sensibility, myself included, that it shouldn’t be based on religion who is admitted to the country.”

Paul also said that it was almost impossible to properly vet refugees due to the instability of the region. In addition, he also noted that mass migration in Germany has not panned out well for the European state and that many of them were not coming from Syria, but from Afghanistan and Pakistan. While he conceded that some of them might be refugees, he said there was no way to actually verify it.

But one of the main concerns of Paul’s was the cost of resettling refugees in the United States. The Center for Immigration Studies released a study in 2015 saying that it costs around $64,370 to resettle refugees; however a report released by the Negative Population Growth Inc. in 2016 says that the cost is $19,884 to settle each refugee and asylum seeker by the federal government.

When he ran for President, Paul introduced legislation that would block the United States from issuing visas to refugees from 30 countries and subject French citizens to waiting periods unless they were a part of the Global Entry program.

“It’s about time, and Paris should wake us up that we can’t just let anyone come to this country,” Paul said in a conference call with reporters back in 2015. “Forty percent of immigration issues in our country are from visa overstays, and for those visiting us from countries that have large jihadist movements, this will be a bone of contention.”

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  • Don Bivens
    January 30, 2017, 7:36 pm

    The Constitution applies to the states as it is an agreement between the states that establishes laws and a form of governance. Obviously this does not applies to most citizens nor immigrants.

    The Bill of Rights expresses a subset of all possible rights and that too is part of the Constitution. However, libertarians do not believe that government grants rights. We believe they are inherent in humanity- “natural rights”, or God-given. Neither a state not a piece of paper has the moral authority to grant or revoke rights.

    I love Rand, but he’s wrong here.

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  • Steve Burrell@Don Bivens
    January 30, 2017, 7:46 pm

    Are you asserting that it is the absolute right of a person from anywhere in the world to be a citizen of the United States and that the United States cannot make a law that denies citizenship in the US?

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  • Nathan J. Hickson
    January 30, 2017, 7:56 pm

    Rights supercede the Constitution. Among those right is the right for peaceful people to travel without restraint or restriction.

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  • Steve Burrell@Nathan J. Hickson
    January 30, 2017, 8:34 pm

    Well, just draw up that Constitution creating Utopia and we’ll all just move there. It’ll be grand, we won’t even need money. Everyone can just have whatever they need.

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  • John Urban@Nathan J. Hickson
    January 30, 2017, 8:36 pm

    There is no such right to travel to the U.S.

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