Because Ron Paul identifies ideologically with libertarianism, many believe that he is for open borders and amnesty. This claim is false. He is on record as opposing any attempts at amnesty. He has previously voted for legislation that would block amnesty and erect a border fence. While he does not feel a border fence would be necessary if the incentives for illegal immigration (welfare, health care, amnesty, etc) were eliminated, he voted for the bill strictly to be on record against amnesty.
From Liberty Defined:
“The libertarians who argue for completely open borders for the free flow of goods and people fail to realize that a truly libertarian society would not necessarily be that open. The land and property would be privately owned and controlled by the owners, who would have the right to prevent newcomers from entering without their permission. There would be no government havens or welfare benefits and new immigrants would come only after a sponsor’s permission.”
Here is a clip from a 2008 interview with John Stossel. This segment deals with the immigration issue:
The issue of the 14th Amendment is also important to the illegal immigrant debate. Some in the U.S. believe that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any child born of those who have immigrated illegally to the United States. Ron Paul opposes this interpretation. He does not feel those children are entitled to citizenship or amnesty.
Regarding some laws which state that a police officer may ask for citizenship status upon catching someone engaged in a crime, Congressman Paul writes in Liberty Defined:
“The police should not be prohibited from determining an individual’s citizenship if the person is caught participating in a crime. This is far different from stopping anyone anytime and demanding the individual present documentation of legal status.”
Based on his anti-amnesty and pro-sensible border policy voting record, coupled with his desire to end the programs that offer the incentives for illegal immigration, there is no foundation for the belief in this claim.