With amendment killed, Rand Paul won’t support immigration bill
June 23rd, 2013
10:50 AM ET
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With amendment killed, Rand Paul won’t support immigration bill

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul says he’ll vote “no” on the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform bill, since it doesn’t include his amendment that would grant Congress power to determine whether the U.S. southern border is secure,

The Kentucky Republican had previously been open to supporting the measure, which includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that’s contingent on bolstering border security. Paul introduced an amendment that would have required Congress to vote on whether the border was properly secure, but it failed to gain approval this week.

Without that inclusion, Paul said definitively on CNN’s “State of the Union” he would be a “no” vote.

“Without some congressional authority and without border security first, I can't support the final bill,” Paul told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Supporters of the comprehensive immigration reform bill need 60 votes to gain passage in the Senate, but hope a larger majority will help propel the measure in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, where its prospects appear dim. With that goal in mind, an amendment was introduced this week that vastly ramps up resources along the southern border, including 700 miles of new fence.

But Paul said Sunday that provision wasn’t sufficient, saying throwing dollars at border security programs wasn’t any guarantee the problem would be fixed.

“We've thrown a lot of money at a lot of problems in our country,” Paul said. “To me, what really tells me that they're serious would be letting Congress vote on whether the border's secure. If the people in the country want to be assured that we will not get another 10 million people to come here illegally over the next decade, they have to believe they get a vote through their Congress.”

Predicting the measure would pass the Senate but fail in the House, Paul said he didn’t trust the White House to accurately assess whether or not full security had been achieved on the border.

“I don't trust this administration or a Republican administration to really make a valid judgment,” he said. “I want Congress and the people to have the right to decide whether the border's secure.”


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  1. brakhasabeard

    See what they're doing here?.... They've succeeded in their effort to make the Minnesota Rep look crazy to folks who don't read past the headlines, now they're featuring the Minnesota Rep prominently with other conservative legislators to tarnish them by association... WE'RE ON TO Y'ALL, MSM!

    June 24, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Sharon Mahart

    Here's what I don't understand... Immediately following 9/11, all we heard about was border security. Then we proceeded to engage in endless war, while little, if anything, has been done to keep people from entering the county illegally. So now Senator Paul is simply asking for Congress to have oversight on a priority that should have always been a priority that seems to never be a priority when it's put to an actual vote. We have millions of people in this country illegally. Some of them are committing additional crimes. And now all of these "illegals" are on a path to becoming Americans? In the immortal words of Chad Ochocinco, "child please!"

    June 24, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Mark M

    It's good to see a leader who will stick to his principles.
    Unfortunately he is a minority, but we need more like Rand Paul.

    June 24, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. abunudnik

    While I sympathize with Paul, he's asking the impossible. Congress can't be empowered to take on a function that clearly rests in the Executive branch of the government. The border will be secure or not secure. No vote can make it so. A president will have to be elected with a will to make the border secure. That's where the commitment will have to come from.

    June 24, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. abunudnik

    I sympathize with Paul but he's asking the impossible. Securing the border is an Executive responsibility. Nothing but the will of a president will secure the border. How will a vote do so?

    June 24, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. Denise

    Why not send Paul and Bachmann to Mexico, along with Paris Hilton or Snooki, in echange for Pedro who has been taking care of his family here for the past ten years, working three jobs and going to school.

    June 24, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. michael

    After Donald Trump, Rand Paul has the 2nd most intriguing hairdo. I can't quite figure out the objective. Also, they both speak with one common goal, which would be self promotion. It's time for serious people to "right the ship." This clown, like Trump, is consistently negative.

    June 24, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. John

    I take one good look at Rand Paul and think; naaaaah......I would never trust this guy.

    June 24, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. richard bergman

    This is a scam to replenish the sterile dying Democrat Party!
    Note this: Napolitano an Obamist can negate any border security if she deems it unneccessary.
    The Democrat Party has lost all Americans and only has dying minority groups and an elite ruling class, they need more low educated and low informed peasants to submit to them or they perish.
    This is the Castro model, where the Government Fires the People and Replaces Them.
    FUNDAMENTAL TRANSFORMATION aka Obama!

    June 24, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Thomas

    @brakhasabeard
    See what they're doing here?.... They've succeeded in their effort to make the Minnesota Rep look crazy to folks who don't read past the headlines, now they're featuring the Minnesota Rep prominently with other conservative legislators to tarnish them by association..

    ====

    If your referring to Michele Bachmann , She is CRAZY !

    June 24, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Leeza

    rs, have you read the bill? I have and it is you that is "ill-informed." There is nothing in this bill for the American worker. In fact, everything in it is opposed to the American worker. It's loaded with pork, it's loaded with loopholes. Seriously, don't comment on something you know nothing about.

    June 24, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Sharon Mahart

    Here's what I don't understand... Immediately following 9/11, all we heard about was border security. Then we proceeded to engage in endless war, while little, if anything, has been done to keep people from entering the county illegally. So now Senator Paul is simply asking for Congress to have oversight on a priority that should have always been a priority that seems to never be a priority when it's put to an actual vote.
    ---------------------
    Border security has been a priority with the Obama administration. The number of agents on the southern border is nearly doubled from what it was in 2008. The Obama administration are Democrats, which means that they don't go around thumping their chests while bragging about it.

    June 24, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Goblin King

    The more I hear about this bill, the more I think it needs to be defeated.

    June 24, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Grant

    The only bill we all should support is allowing those that support this bill pay for this bill and the illegals. The only supporters behind this bill is a minority to begin with. Bash Rand Paul, at least he gives a dam about this country. How's that spying NSA thing working out for you liberals. The only time you care about the constitution is when you want it to back up some perverted form of law you want to create. I am all for deporting the blue states and their ideology, unions and their MASSIVE debt

    June 24, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    @Brooke – the businesses in your neighborhood that are owned by immigrants... really? Look at where they came from! Indian people get to leave India with $8.00 and the clothes on their back and get NOTHING when they get here. How do they do it? They are sponsored by a family, have a job when they get here and are NEVER allowed to take any form of government assistance. That's a far cry different than "consul matricular" for Mexicans which has cost the taxpayer BILLIONS of dollars.
    ----------------------------
    Pretty myopic view of things Brook... but you skimmed a couple of facts. #1 -immigrants qualify VERY easily for SBA loans, loans that you or I cannot get because we are NOT immigrants. Sure they work hard, but they get their start far on owning local business with an ease we don't. And I don't know where you get the idea that people leave India with $8 in change and the clothes on their backs... some maybe. Most not!
    #2 – the reason we have so many illegals here is that they GET employed. Even with all the laws, business still hire wetback labor because its FAR CHEAPER that local labor. There theirs the migrant farm workers...
    Reality is that the GOP has no interest in securing our borders.. being "pro business" it's all political rhetoric from Washington. Paul, Rubio and the other Teapugs are in this merely to be able to wring their hands when the immigration legislation fails so they can say they tried, then blame the other side. The amendments to the bill are not serious offers, with no chance of success and most intelligent folks are aware of that.
    How on earth can ANYONE insure that the border is containing 90% of illegals when they have no idea of the baseline numbers!! 90% of what ????

    June 24, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Name

    People have to get past the point of "giving amnesty". That is like cry crying over spilt milk. Move past that point..."they" are here, they arent going anywhere so lets ID them. Then we can deport the ones who are criminals and tax(even more) the ones who are just here to work and support their families.

    June 24, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. jack carlson

    Wow! Demanding actual RESULTS. What a novel idea...

    June 24, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. jgeek

    Deport illegals except those kids who are in college who came here illegally or in military service !!!

    June 24, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Russ Andrews

    Thank you, Sen. Paul. Border security is the key and the amnesty crowd doesn't want it because they want illegal immigration to be unfettered.

    June 24, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. Timothy D. Naegele

    This issue alone may propel Rand Paul to the top of the GOP's future national candidates, and Marco Rubio to the bottom.

    June 24, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Yevrag35

    Going on a rant here…
    Random Comment Poster: “Proof the GOP (and supporters) lie- or are very ill-informed: No where in this bill is the word "amnesty", or a free citizenship process”
    A. First of all, Amnesty and free citizenship are two separate things. Amnesty is the act of forgiveness to a large group of people for breaking a law. It is not stipulated by granting citizenship.
    B. According to the actual bill, which the Senate won’t read, says…
    (a) IN GENERAL.— Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Homeland Security (referred to in this section as the ‘Secretary’), after conducting the national security and law enforcement clearances required under subsection (c)(8), may grant registered provisional immigrant status to an alien who —
    (1) meets the eligibility requirements set forth
    in subsection (b);DSK4VPTVN1PROD with BILLS
    (2) submits a completed application before the
    end of the period set forth in subsection (c)(3); and
    (3) has paid the fee required under subsection
    (c)(10)(A) and the penalty required under sub
    section (c)(10)(C), if applicable.
    Now, that grants illegals the ability to have their unlawfulness “forgiven” (i.e.-Amnesty)

    (/Rant)

    June 24, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. chuck

    Do I smell a run for the oval office? 2016? Run Rand, Run...lol. With policies like this ur site to get at least 40 or 50 electoral votes.

    June 24, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Sealsci

    To all those criticizing Rand for 1 refusing to vote yes, I find that laughable. He wasn't elected to compromise his beliefs the people of Kentucky clearly bought that his beliefs would better the country. Second of all this bill will be like all the other immigration passed in the past (if it does get passed in the house). All immigration reform has had no bite mainly because there is no oversight or accountability. As long as the executive branch has full power over enforcing such bills immigration will forever be a major issue in the united states. Every immigration bill has lacked any noticeable effort to enforce the provisions especially conditional provisions. I find all you bashing rand to be just bashing him out of spite and hate for someone that doesn't follow traditional collectivism. I personally would like more senators to stand up for true beliefs and not necessarily be so eager to compromise on things that should not be compromised on.

    June 24, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. kgala

    Rand Paul – The Ultimate Blackmailer.

    I sense another filibuster in the wind.

    June 24, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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