Yesterday, 02:07 PM
Well, for one thing Ron Paul differentiates clearly between what should be done in an ideal state, from what should be done in the midst of this current madness. I think the biggest challenge you face is that current and ideal seem conflated, so it's easy to look at your ideas and see paid gangs escorting rich jihadis into the US.
As I see it, Paul basically argues that if we can accomplish a set of social and economic liberty policies, then the stress of illegal immigration goes away altogether, along with the vast majority of the danger. Until such a time as we can make that happen, we need to advance and escalate border security, work to make the entire process sane and rational and humane, stop punishing private businesses by trying to make them enforce the laws, and stop punishing the States by stepping in and preventing them from enforcing the laws already on the books.
Where you might get your points across better is in recognizing that if you could raise your fist into the air, snap your fingers, and *snap* borders and enforcement and all such things atrophied and died; in our current state we would be descended upon by madness. Contrarily, in the ideal state, such an event would enormously increase the prosperity of all people.
Therefore let's work to achieve this ideal state, where strict immigration control will be irrelevant, while recognizing that to do some of these things in the current state could be a disaster.
I think that is the point that Paul was able to make effectively enough. Sure, the perfect end state is to make physical borders vestigial; but to do this properly and peacefully a nation would have to edify it's own sovereignty at the same time. In our current national and global state of affairs, just vanishing the border would be dangerous, violent, and deadly. We can erase those threats by fixing a variety of national problems first. Let's go and fix those national problems first, and then talk about this again when we are a bit closer to the peace and prosperity which those policy improvements will afford.