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Rand Paul Offers Free Eye Exam With Deportation

Sen. Rand Paul offered his own glasses to Juan Hernandez (age 29) just to see if it would make a difference as he checked his eyes. (it didn't) Juan Hernandez and his brother Andres Hernandez (age 22) at left were reunited with Paul who operated on them both in 1999 in Kentucky. Senator and ophthalmologist Dr. Rand Paul (R-KY) joined a medical team from the Univ. of Utah's John A. Moran Eye Center for three of the five days that the event took place in Salam, Guatemala to do pro bono eye care, mostly cataract surgeries and check-ups. Scores of operations were performed by Paul and the team of doctors from Utah at a Lion's Club eye hospital in Salama.
Looks good. Avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours, and stay the hell out of America. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Not long ago, Rand Paul appeared at a fund-raiser for full-time immigration hawk and occasional racist Steve King, where he found himself uncomfortably close to a young Mexican immigrant, causing him to panic and flee. Now Paul tells Breitbart News he supports the House bill that would end President Obama’s policy of granting relief from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children.

As Sam Stein points out, Paul has been telling Republicans they need to reach out to nonwhite voters and show them they care. In an odd bit of timing, Paul’s endorsement of draconian immigration policy coincides with his trip to Guatemala to perform free eye surgery. It was just Rand Paul and some Guatemalans who need medical care. Plus a wee entourage consisting of “three television cameras, three photographers, six reporters, a political aide, two press secretaries, [and] conservative activist David Bossie.” Basically, your standard medical crew, in other words. You could risk getting medical treatment without the director of such films as Battle for America (starring Dick Morris) standing by, but why risk it?

One might detect a dissonance between Paul’s warm-and-fuzzy medical mission and his hard-line stance toward Dreamers. But it actually fits together quite sensibly. The 2016 hopeful opposes universal health insurance, and he wants to deport half a million people who grew up in America. But Rand Paul will personally provide every deported immigrant with a free eye exam. Call it compassionate paleolibertarianism.