WASHINGTON – In his tea party-sponsored rebuke to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, Sen. Rand Paul will say Republicans should be the party that embraces immigrants as “assets, not liabilities.”
The remarks provide more evidence that since the November election, which delivered huge margins to Democrats among Latino voters, even the right wing of the Republican Party is shrinking from the fight against immigration reform. Paul, elected in 2010 from Kentucky, is weighing a run for president; he has said he favors a potential path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.
“We are the party that embraces hard work and ingenuity; therefore, we must be the party that embraces the immigrant who wants to come to America for a better future,” Paul is scheduled to say, according to an excerpt released in advance of his speech. “We must be the party that says, 'If you want to work, if you want to become an American, we welcome you.’”
Paul’s speech at the National Press Club in Washington is the third tea party response to the State of the Union; the others were given by businessman Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).