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Richard Randall on Immigration


Peaceful immigration is the benchmark of American ideals

By any reasonable measure, immigration is not just beneficial to the American economy but indispensable to the goal of a nation of freedom and opportunity. This nation was built on immigration. Allowing peaceful people to enter our country is not just an option. It's a benchmark by which we measure whether or not we're living up to the American ideal.

This does not mean, however, that the national defense must be sacrificed to some naive conception of "open borders." The right to enter the United States is not the same as the right to enter the United States in contravention of its legitimate interest in securing itself against those who would do it harm. Immigration and borders are two separate issues. When they are mixed, the result is both deadly to peaceful immigrants and subversive of the security of the United States.

Source: Campaign website, www.lpcocandidates.org/randall/, "Issues" Oct 14, 2004

Social safety net is no excuse for excluding immigrants

Peaceful immigrants should be allowed to enter the U.S. at conveniently located Customs and Immigration stations, subject only to brief vetting to ensure that they are not terrorists or criminals. They should not be forced by restrictions or quotas to place their lives at risk by crossing the border at remote locations. I do not regard the existence of the social "safety net" as a good excuse for excluding immigrants. The welfare state needs to be eliminated whether immigration was an issue or not.
Source: Campaign website, www.lpcocandidates.org/randall/, "Issues" Oct 14, 2004

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