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You state: "immigration is just another form of trade, and one cannot oppose government intervention in the economy while simultaneously wanting the government to tell people where to live."
I think on this point Ron Paul would agree with your libertarian view point, however when you have a large number of illegal given a path to citizenship when they do not know our history or share are values, then you have a national security issue. You make the BIG "L" case for the Libertarian, which I view as crazy. It may sound right and true, but it doesn't work in the real world. In fact, I view it as crazy to think you can allow our borders to be over run by foreign nationals who can one day effect a democratic shift away from the fundamental principles of our Republic. This only puts us on a course for more socialism.
Ron Paul is a voice of reason on this issue as he is all so many other issue. He has stated if you subsidize something, you get more of it. Why not come to American illegally? The reward far out way the risks, Paul is merely stating this fact. He also says that illegals have been made into scapegoats on this issue because the real issue is the economy.
Then you say he "has defended his position on the grounds that he merely wants to uphold the law, but that presupposes that American immigration laws are just." Wrong, he has never said that. Those are your words and while you may be correct please don't place word in his mouth. The law is only unjust because they are not applied to everyone equally, and not because it could cause human suffering. On this issue, most republican don't care how the law impacts people. I don't believe you can say that same is true of Ron Paul, this is a man who does care. Claiming he is a hypocrite for not upholding your brand Libertarianism is unfair, and so is saying he may be a racist because of this (or any other unfounded reason) is not only unfair, it is unjust.
Simple stating that Ron Paul is a hypocrite, and may also be racist does not make it so, but thank you for an otherwise well thought out article and the willingness to debate real issues.
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