To Rand Paul, Legal Immigration Is Also a Concern
Yes, legal immigrants, especially if they’re college students.
From the NYT:
It’s common to hear a senator express concerns about illegal immigration these days, but Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, is also concerned about legal immigration.
“We have 40,000 students coming to this country from all over the world,” he said. “Are they would-be attackers?”
Speaking at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on border patrol corruption, Mr. Paul on Thursday questioned whether the government was adequately screening and then keeping tabs on those who enter the country with student visas or as refugees.
He cited the recent arrest of two Iraqi refugees on terrorism charges in his hometown of Bowling Green, Ky.; the men are accused of trying to send weapons and money to Al Qaeda. Mr. Paul said the fingerprints of one of the men had been found on an unused improvised explosive device in Iraq.
But while Mr. Paul said he worried about legal immigrants, he was not concerned about the potential threat from American citizens.
“We’ve done so many things to think that we’re all terrorists, that universally we have to scrutinize everybody to the Nth degree instead of doing what I just think would be good police work,” Mr. Paul said, adding that it would be less expensive and less intrusive to privacy if the country looked at “the people who did attack us and who continue to attack us, and not really U.S. citizens.”
Why don’t we just nuke all the other countries from orbit? It’s the only way to be sure that no dirty furriners are coming here.