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. Smarter than you

    Good job Rand Paul. We don't want amnesty in the first place. They need to send the illegal immigrants back home and if they want to come they can do it legally, otherwise they need to be tried and convicted so they won't want to come back illegally. This bill is just another ridiculous attempt to saddle the US with more illegals that we do not need because they are too lazy to do it legally and want more freebies since obummer advertises free food, healthcare and housing.

    June 23, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Pander Bear

    Pandering A– Clown. The GOP knows full well there's no way to secure the entire border and no way to measure its effectiveness if we did. You may make some headlines Aqua Buddha but you'll never sit int he Oval Office. Shake off that dream.

    June 23, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Catherine Hurd

    He should also not support it if it includes bringing in immigrants to fill high tech jobs without first offering those jobs to Americans. Orin Hatch stuck this little bomb in the bill,

    June 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. James

    You must be Obama lovers,and like being subjected to a King,Just look at the world that we're living in ,and all of you lmade it what it is,I personally can't stand to see us loosing our Freedom,you must be a bunch of idiots.

    June 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. keven

    Paul will find excuse after excuse not to back an immigration bill. He should just man up and say it.

    June 23, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    There you have it, folks: Rant Paul wants to be a dictator, unwilling to support any legislation that isnt't in lockstep with his self-centered ideology.

    The border is deemed secure when the Senate Is in the mood? Give me a break!

    June 23, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Uh-Clem

    Paul bases his position on his distrust of any administration. The country feels the same way about Congress, only more so.

    June 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. roger

    I have never seen so many stupid people that dont care anything about this country.Just leave the border wide open and i hope they flood this country and take your jobs and sell drugs to your kids and rape your daughters and the other things that go along with criminals then it will be the governments fault for not protecting our country.This country has gone to hell in a hand basket.People will do and say anything to protect their liberal ways and their gifts from the government,but soon as all the people cross the border your welfare checks and free medical goes out the window so will social securials.ty,so go ahead think your stupid ways and keep stupid people in the white house and congress.Rand Paul is the only one i have seen in a long time that seams to care one bit about our country and even the stupid liber

    June 23, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. rla

    Go Rand Paul– At least someone who tells the truth and sticks by his cnvictions

    June 23, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. akeem jabil

    Go Obama, Go McCain, Go Pelosi and other progressives. Any clogs in the wheel must be removed and cast away. Many of these politicians are haters, and haters don't have an apartment in the new world. Immigration Bill must be passed; or we taxpayers are going to continue paying for illegal immigrants ending up on hospital bed with nothing in their pockets. Every nation that harbor hatred against immigrants will never succeed; many of these opponents of immigration bill are great-grand children of Illegal immigrants from old Europe and Latin America. Shame on you if you can't face the reality again.

    June 23, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Laughing Skeptic

    Immigration is an economic issue. Congress has grossly mismanaged immigration since the 1950's resulting in today's mess. Congress should turn over the determination of immigration quotas to the Federal Reserve Board. Passing laws that fly in the face of economic reality always ends in a disaster. Who are these people who think a fence can prevent immigration? Have they never been to an airport? Do they think we will stop issuing tourist visas to Latin Americans? The first border crossing is often legal. Mostly a tighter border just keeps people who have over stayed their first visa from traveling home and back again. It also makes if more difficult for deported immigrants who are desperate to return to their families, this is true. But we all know that we only deport a small minority of our illegal immigrants each year (400,000 out of 25,000,000 = 1.6%) and note the word DESPERATE.

    June 23, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. what about names

    Thank you Rand Paul, they need to have border security and every employer no matter how large or small should have e-verify. If anybody gets caught hiring documented workers, there should be charged with civil infraction.

    If all that happens than, they should support immigration bill and pass the legislation. There are millions upon millions of people from Africa and Asia and Latin America, who would love to come here to work legally and go back to their home countries in a limited number of years, there is no shortage of willing labor around the worl. They don't like what Rand Paul says, let the immigration bill fall flat on its face.

    At least he is got the cohones to say what many people think.

    June 23, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Andy M.

    I'm standing with Rand!

    June 23, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Ted Boosalis

    Here's one for ya and I put my name to everything I write because I own up to it – Rand Paul is smart – I didn't like his endorsement of Mitt Romney on principle but I understood the political issues involved in the future. I think he's right – if Congress can't assume the border is secure with an up and down vote – that speaks volumes. To the rest of you who decide that anonymity gives you immense power to attack ad hominem style et al, well, look in the mirror. Put your real name to it and let's see if the bark is just as loud.

    June 23, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Stupid Left

    I officially am leaving the Democratic Party. I will not be part of this hate group that is selling out America with ignorance any longer. I would vote for Rand in 2016.

    June 23, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Tenie

    No political party should be threatened by not supporting something detrimental to the cou try

    June 23, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. bear

    Did anyone ever complain about illegals when most of them were white?

    June 23, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. JACKSON

    good work Rand I got your back

    June 23, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. vp

    “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.”

    But he thinks CONGRESS is trustworthy?!

    He's not really kidding ANYONE is he?!

    June 23, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. GOPEEPS

    so how does he intend congress do to check on the border security? he and his posse take a road trip by plane (waste taxpayers $$) and walk along the border nodding theirs heads and say "YUP! It's secure!" will that satisfy him? will that make him feel significantly special? let's not forget, because apparently Paul has, that the approval rating for congress is lower than rattlesnake feces. does he really think WE trust his/their judgement?

    June 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. bailee

    Did anyone expect any different approach from him?? Remember, he is a full fledged "Tea Partier"!

    June 23, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Southernsuga

    Thank you Senator Paul.

    June 23, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Sen Rand Pauls tops the list of Republican candidates who cannot win a presidential race against any Democratic candidate. The Republican Party is toast in 2016 for having quirky Tea Party and Libertarian candidates.

    June 23, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. ken

    all I see on here is comments from liberal people that want the illegal ALIENS to get free citizen rights and suck off of the federal govt teats! wake up morons! this is your tax money you pay to support them and leaving nothing for the actual citizens and their children to have to help them.

    June 23, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Norma Vessels

    The thing is .. most people think of Mexicans when they hear the word immigrant. There are a lot of people from Mexico here in the U.S. I think we should buy Mexico, like we did Alaska and Hawaii .. and make Mexico a regular state, just like all the others. A couple or three bridges would solve the movement problem. Then the Mexicans would have to deal with all the other 'immigrants' that come into their country. :-)

    June 23, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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