Paul voted in favor of the H.R. 6061 Secure Fence Act, legislation that involved building a wall on the border. Yet, he repeatedly says he’s against building fences in the south. Did he flip flop on his views?
Bills are rarely written or passed with just one objective in mind. When you think Congress is voting on just one issue, as the title would suggest, there are usually several items involved.
Ron Paul voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, authorizing an additional 700 miles of fencing between the U.S. and Mexico mainly because he wanted enforcement of the law and opposed amnesty, not because he supported the construction of a border fence.
Here’s part of an interview Ron Paul did with John Stossell:
Question for Ron Paul: You want a 700-mile fence between our border and Mexico?
Ron Paul: Not really. There was an immigration bill that had a fence (requirement) in it, but it was to attack amnesty. I don’t like amnesty. So I voted for that bill, but I didn’t like the fence. I don’t think the fence can solve a problem. I find it rather offensive.
Question: What should we do?
RP: Get rid of the subsidies. (If) you subsidize illegal immigration, you get more of it.
Question: Get rid of welfare?
RP: All the welfare benefits.
Question: Including government-paid health care?
Question: So what should a hospital do if an illegal immigrant shows up for treatment?
RP: Be charitable, but have no mandates by the federal government. Catholics want to help a lot of these people. I’m not for (punishing anyone who wants to help voluntarily). But we wouldn’t have so many (illegals) if they didn’t know they were going to get amnesty. If you promise them amnesty — medical care, free education, automatic citizenship, food stamps, and Social Security — you’re going to get more (illegal immigration). I think we could be much more generous with our immigration. (But) we don’t need to reward people who get in front of the line.