Ron Paul Opposes DREAM Act, But Says Latinos Have Become “Scapegoats”

Feb 4, 2012
10:39 PM

The current quartet of mainstream GOP presidential candidates are all against the current version of the DREAM Act, now that Ron Paul has spoken out the proposed bill, which is supported by 91% of US Latino voters, according to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.

Paul's decision to not support the DREAM Act is an economic one. That is what he told Latinos in Politics, Nevada's oldest Latino political group. This is what Univision News' Jordan Fabian reported from the site's Tumblr page on February 2:

“I can’t endorse [it] because there is a lot of money involved. And you know there are a lot of subsidies in there between the billions of dollars.”

Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney both support a military-only version of a DREAM Act-type bill, even though at one point Romney was against the DREAM Act altogether. Paul's comments and position are a bit curious since during the same speech with the Nevada group, he said:

“I believe Hispanics have been used as scapegoats, to say, they’re the problem instead of being a symptom maybe of a problem with the welfare state. In Nazi Germany they had to have scapegoats to blame and they turned on the Jews.

“Now there’s a lot of antagonism and resentment turned just automatically on immigrants. You say, no not immigrants, it’s just illegal immigrants. I do believe in legal immigration. I want to have a provision to obey those laws. You have to understand this in the context of the economy.”