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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soundoff (499 Responses)
  1. Keith Robinette

    Nothing would be more political than leaving the decision to 100 senators. Filibuster rules would keep from ever happening.

    June 23, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Cliff Campen

    This is dumb because both houses of congress have the power to call witness have research staffs etc. If they find that they don't like what is going on they have the power to change it. On the face of it this amendment doesn't empower congress to do anything they can't already do and spend a damn lot of tax payer money fooling around with now. It appears that the amendment is intended to make congress the supervisor of the Executive Branch – Duh Checks and Balances., Checks and Balances. Just makes the guy seem arrogant – what a surprise. Regards

    June 23, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. JiminNM

    The answer is printing debt free interest free currency like Kennedy tried to do. That frees us from the control of the bankers and the debt credit system design to obtain all our real wealth.

    June 23, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Dwight

    They will not support the existing laws...what makes you think they will support any others...wall first then we can talk

    June 23, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. rs

    So what "fiscally conservative" Rand Paul is saying is unless I can spend billions and billions of taxpayer dollars placing a border guard every 1000 feet (across a 1500 mile border) he won't vote for Immigration reform. Let that sink in a moment. The party of "deficits don't matter", and tax breaks for the rich wants to spend $billions more on the border, rather than fix the current immigration issues- with the current solution that SAVES taxpayer dollars. More proof- the GOP is the spending party.

    June 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. WV Gleeman

    This Congress isn't capable of agreeing that the sky is blue. I have no faith that Congress can do any task without something in it for them. No, let's make a 3rd party responsible for the security or just make good sense judgements and call it a day. To call the border "secure" is like saying we won the war on terror. It's never going to happen and everyone knows it but our elected officials think we are too stupid to know this. Sadly, there is a large percentage of us that do not.

    June 23, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. robert

    If we had more leaders like Paul our country would not be in the downward spiral it is.. Liberals please wake up!!!! You are the problem!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. voist

    how are you going to solve this problem without spending any money?

    June 23, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. D

    Wah! "I didn't get my poison pill into the bill, so I'm gonna take my ball and go home!" What a crybaby!

    June 23, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. garwin1

    That fake hair doesn't do much for his credibility.

    June 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. sciline

    It begins to appear more and more that the GOP cannot adequately consolidate or administer its own fractured and splintered Party. The “Dividers” have found themselves in disarray and irreparably “Divided”. From such an examples as they have continually exhibited, it is impossible to believe that with such division and contention within they could in any way undertake to unify this Country.
    I do not say that Republicans are stupid. I only say that they seem to have very bad luck when it comes to thinking.
    Their statements and excuses for their actions and inactions range from the absurd through the irrational to the bizarre. As well as sounding 100% nuts at times.

    June 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is extremely disgusting to me that non-citizens can come to our country un invited and then march and protest that they are now American's and demand rights. Go home. Get out. Sorry no illegal will be aloowed to apply for citizenship from American Soil. There is already a path to Citizenship. Millions are already doing it. I say continue to apply the pressure to remove all non-citizens. Kill this Bill.

    June 23, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. Crystal

    If they want it to be really objective, they should go by how many illegal border crossings were stopped. Take these metrics every year (it should really be required by law if they want a more secure border). With the technology out there, they should be able to prevent a lot of these border crossings.

    June 23, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. sciline

    It begins to appear more and more that the GOP cannot adequately consolidate or administer its own fractured and splintered Party. The “Dividers” have found themselves in disarray and irreparably “Divided”. From such an example as they have continually exhibited, it is impossible to believe that with such division and contention within they could in any way undertake to unify or run this Country.
    I do not say that Republicans are stupid. I only say that they seem to have very bad luck when it comes to thinking.
    Their statements and excuses for their actions and inactions range from the absurd through the irrational to the bizarre. To say nothing of their sounding 100% nuts at times.

    June 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. disappointed dem

    I am a dem, progressive and child of immigrant. I an for the rule of law. have a guest worker program. but no amnesty. the law must prevail for everyone, not latinos and their families.

    June 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Donald

    Rand Paul – You said and do the right thing which is good for the Country. Don't worry about the Latinos vote. We support you.

    June 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. ray

    I wish, hope and pray some crazy person start beating all these racists, immigrant hating republicans. WHITE PEOPLE YOU DONT OWN THIS COUNTRY.

    June 23, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Firstname Lastname

    Thank Rand Paul for not caving into nonsense!!!

    June 23, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. emskadittle

    Yet another instance of Republicans bargaining in bad faith, how gang of whatever have come up with some compromise only to be voted down by the republicans?

    June 23, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Tom Collins

    Doing the right thing is rarely the most popular. Let your haters be your motivators Rand

    June 23, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. kahuna

    The stupid clown can't define what a secure border is but he wants his cast of misfits to be able to vote on whether it is or isn't secure? More politics as usual.

    June 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. William Edgerly

    Channel surfing this morning saw you on CNN News wanted to send you a case of Glenn Becks duck tape to wrap around your head. Your increadible. We have your back stand up for the republic.

    June 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. tvork

    Net immigration form Mexico falls below ZERO. Let's throw more money at a non existent problem. Good thinking Paul.

    June 23, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. David Lee

    If only Rand Paul had been an Indian chief back when the Mayflower landed. Then we would not have had those pesky Brits, or French, or Poles, or Germans, or Swedes or any of those other immigrants. We would be a pure nation of Native Americans, and we would have no problems at all.

    June 23, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Fire the GOP

    Pull our troops from overseas including Iraq and have them patrol our borders instead. Return to being the Department of DEFENSE. Problem solved. Diver the taxpayer money to where it is really needed.

    June 23, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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