Paul's presentation, which also emphasized the importance of border security and in a break from many Republicans cited his opposition for a mandatory program for business to verify the legal status of their workers, shows that he's well-positioned to make inroads with Hispanics. In addition to his frequent mentioning of working and going to school alongside Latinos in Texas, he cited several well-known Hispanic writers or leaders, including Miguel de Unamuno, Jaime Escalante and even quoting the poetry of Pablo Neruda.
"How can we not embrace such passion? How can we not want that culture to merge with and infuse with the American spirit?" Paul said. "As we move forward on immigration reform, I for one will work to find a solution that both adheres to the rule of law and makes rooms for compassion."