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. yogi

    This guy thinks he is presidential material, what a joke.

    June 23, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. TruthandConsequence

    Rand Paul is absolutely right on this one.....our politicians are more focused on pleasing Hispanic voters than they are on real solutions to our illegal immigration problem. We have never seen anything like this in U.S. history – a government and a Senate so bowed by a minority constituency which supports illegal immigration. Hispanic voters need to be given a polite "no" on this one...and we need to be questioning why they are in so tight with illegal immigration in the first place? There is no solution until we make one that is binding – the Gang of Eighters are selling the Brooklyn Bridge.

    June 23, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. yogi

    The GOP conversation about border security is another joke. Do they really think you can secure the border? Building a fence across the border? Electronically? Every mile a border station with several border patrol agents? There is one thing that knows no boundaries: Stupidity in the GOP.

    June 23, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. bkgrandma

    He wants Congress and the people to decide if the borderis secure? If Congress really did what the majority of the people want then I would agree with him. But his party, the GOP, refuses to vote for what we the people want,
    ie: womens health choices, gay marriage, higher taxes for the rich and no cuts to social security or medicare. Every poll shows that these are the things that the majority of Americans want but all the republicans care about is the rich getting them re-elected. Who does he think he's kidding?

    June 23, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. Beavis

    Good to see him back out of that abomination of a bill

    June 23, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. ed dugan

    I think Paul is a righ-wing nutcase but he sure is right on this one. We absoulutely cannot allow any form of amnesty or path to citizenship for those lawbreakers. We have enough hispanics in this country to last for centuries and don't need one more.

    June 23, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Andy H.

    No one cares what you do, no one takes you seriously. Thanks for coming in.

    June 23, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. JiminAla

    I was worried there for the longest time. Now I am happy to hear the immigration bill is dying a slow death. haha illegals, sucks to be you guys. Go back to your country and get in line with people that want to legally migrate here.

    June 23, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. steve

    a secure border is not too much to ask for, and it is not hard to define. secure = low entry or no illegal entry

    June 23, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. HenryMiller

    “I don't trust this administration or a Republican administration to really make a valid judgment."

    Paul is right not to trust the Dems, who only want to sign up all the illegals as more Dems, and he's right not to trust the GOP who seem to want to keep the cheat labour supply coming.

    But as as far as I'm concerned, no measure is tolerable that leads to citizenship for illegals. Permanent legal residency, okay, but not citizenship.

    June 23, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. IvotedforObama

    Just say you hate "non-whites" and be done with it Paul.

    June 23, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Jim

    Just another excuse to get attention and not do any work for the American people!

    June 23, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. steven

    you folks that are against immigration are ni=ot thinking to clearly or are not very informed...the united states at this time is at a zero population growth....we need and infusion of people who are willing to work and who are wiling to open businesses...within 1 mile of my house are two restuarants and three grocery stores.....and within that same mie i can count at least ten gas stations...and there are several other places of business and all of these are owned by immmergrants...they imploy people..who are immigrants and citizens....the average age of those people coming across the border are is about 20yrs old....they woud be paying social security, medical insurance , taxes .....these folks are what this country needs...and infusion of people just as it did when my parents and grandparents came to this country...many of us seem to forget that we are all decendants of immigrants....including the so called native americans...

    June 23, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Karin

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for President......We need to cut off the incentives for Illegals to come here....Fine businesses major dollars if they hire Illegals...End Birthright citizenship Welfare babies....they will eventually self deport....Make Illegally entering or over staying on Visas a Felony....using fraudulent Id a felony ....filing fraudulent income tax felony...quit the bird seed and the birds will quit coming ...I believe in Legal Immigration not Illegal Immigrants....We need to secure the Borders from Drugs,Drug Cartels,Terrorists (it isn't just Mexicans coming here folks) human traffickers, escaped criminals etc....Protect the USA....quit spying on us and do the right thing secure us PLEase

    June 23, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Dave Harris

    " . . . and, you must cut down the tallest tree on the forest with . . . a herring!"

    – The Knights Who Until Recently Said "Nee!"
    (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

    June 23, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Jack

    I have little confidence in Rand Paul. He has flip flopped, so fast on issue that he is not my type of individual to support. If Kentuckian's want to it's their problem, just get of the way of the rest of that what to solve issuses.

    June 23, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. spudnik56

    Paul continually proves what an idiot he is...

    June 23, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. scott.perry10@yahoo.com

    I have a guy that works with me in construction (concrete finishing). He regularly crosses the border illegally. He himself is an Illegal immigrant. Its kind of funny hearing his stories of crossing the border. So is the border protected? According to my coworker. no

    June 23, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. RonieGrams

    yes but our families came here LEGALLY, and not as CRIMINALS

    June 23, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. RonieGrams

    they paid the ultimate price,they got JOBS, not WELFARE, they were self sufficient,they supported there families, NOT THE GOBMINT.

    June 23, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Dave Harris

    "Border security" is a fake issue, having nothing to do with the issue of legal immigration, and how the country needs it. Republicans are determined to stop immigration, to appease their base of ignorant, government-dependent old people who are obsessed with the delusion that immigrants will take away some of their own government handouts. Republican pols just need an excuse, so they don't sound like the party of xenophobes and racists, which they are.

    June 23, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Dave

    This guy is just a crazy tea party conservative. I can't believe he actually holds office.

    June 23, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Jerry Okamura

    If this passes, will it we no longer have a problem with people entering this country illegally or living in the country who is in the country illegally?

    June 23, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Dave

    "you folks that are against immigration are ni=ot thinking to clearly or are not very informed...the united states at this time is at a zero population growth....we need and infusion of people who are willing to work and who are wiling to open businesses...within 1 mile of my house are two restuarants and three grocery stores.....and within that same mie i can count at least ten gas stations...and there are several other places of business and all of these are owned by immmergrants...they imploy people..who are immigrants and citizens....the average age of those people coming across the border are is about 20yrs old....they woud be paying social security, medical insurance , taxes .....these folks are what this country needs...and infusion of people just as it did when my parents and grandparents came to this country...many of us seem to forget that we are all decendants of immigrants....including the so called native americans..."

    You do understand Steven you are talking about legal immigrants that apply for visas before they enter the country. Illegal immigrants are not business owners creating jobs. I agree with you that we need a workforce that takes those jobs you speak of, but what's wrong with them doing it legally?

    June 23, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Mike Texoma

    Republicans like Mr. Paul are not able to understand that it is too late to change the demographics. They push back and fight and pretend righteous indignation – and shove Hispanics away. Politicians must see the world as it is, not as they wish it were. I they did they would reach out to Hispanics, help them reach their goals as Americans, and encourage them to be and become the good citizens they are and can be. Immigration has always been good for America. Secure the border – yes. And it is more secure today than at any time in the past. Mr. Paul's protestations ring hollow.

    June 23, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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