This morning, the media was promising that Rand Paul would discuss a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants today. But Slate points out that the truth is a lot more complicated: Paul never used the term "path to citizenship" once.
Paul told the Washington Post that he never used the word citizenship on purpose. ”Basically what I want to do is to expand the worker visa program, have border security and then as far as how people become citizens, there already is a process for how people become citizens. The main difference is I wouldn’t have people be forced to go home. You’d just get in line. But you get in the same line everyone is in.” So, Paul’s plan would make it easier to become citizens, but he doesn’t want to hear any of this path-to-citizenship nonsense. Um, OK. The obvious question: Why? Oh, it’s semantics. “I think the whole debate on immigration is trapped in a couple of words: path to citizenship and amnesty,” he said. “Can’t we just have reform and not refer to them by names?”
Paul is hoping that the right-wing primary voters won't notice he's for reform if he doesn't call it reform. Sad thing is, that's probably a safe bet.