Ashley Parker
New York Times
March 19, 2013

In a speech before the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul detailed his position on immigration, including an implicit pathway to citizenship, contingent on border security, for illegal immigrants already in the country.

“I think the conversation needs to start by acknowledging we aren’t going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants,” said Mr. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky. “If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you.”

Though Mr. Paul never used the word “citizenship” in his nearly 18-minute speech, he talked about expanding visas for high-tech workers and giving them priority, discussed issuing “special entrepreneurial visas,” and implied that illegal immigrants would have a path to citizenship that was contingent on securing America’s borders.

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