With amendment killed, Rand Paul won’t support immigration bill
June 23rd, 2013
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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. Name Uche Agonsi

    Rand Paul is politically a sick man. If every law maker should insist on his or her amendment on any bill, there be times you hardly would recognise what a bill is all about. Rand Paul should have insisted too that Law Makers leave the post to watch the borders themselves because he doesnt trust the Obama Administration. Its not farfetched that for immigrantion bill that would help reduce US debt, it would end up in either Senate or House, like other beneficial bills to Americans, by gridlock. Then the Repubs will blame Obama for not doing anything. Thats the legacy the Repubs want to leave for Americans .

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

    Personally, I have nothing against someone coming here legally. If you're here illegally, go home and do it right.
    The present worlds and Americas problems are accelerating and getting worse. I'm amazed that all the (supposed) brilliant minds we have elected cannot actually fix anything.
    Really. It doesn't take much observation to see that.

    June 23, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Paul

    Typical move by a member of the Grand Obstruction Party. No surprises here.

    June 23, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. CAWinMD

    I can't believe that Paul said "Trust us, we're Congress" with a straight face. The last thing we need is for this to get tied up in stupid partisan politics. If Republicans were willing to work for the country rather than their narrow political interests (and getting narrower by the day), then maybe. But this Congress? No.

    So there's your challenge, Mr. Paul. Make Congress work again, and maybe the people will trust you with responsibility. The ball is in your court.

    June 23, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Nate

    Why should congress give them citzenship that they dont pay taxes send tax free money to there homelands while the rest us are getting taxed paying tax think about it why should they give them a easy start they have to earn it.

    June 23, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Steven Harnack

    Rand Paul will never vote for anything that doesn't have Rand Paul's name on it. He is the epitome of the little tin Demagogue. All you Paul fans will have to look that word up and you will see that your comments tie in perfectly with the definition.

    June 23, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. SkepticalOne

    I don't trust congress to determine that the border is secure. They are a bunch of clowns in suits.

    June 23, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. janet krouse

    I don't want illegal immigration here send them back to their country .rand Paul is stupid . should build more very strong fence I see more ,more people come to steal the jobs and broke in to American houses. I am sick of them. one of them stole my sons" motor bike police have nothing to do . I see more mix up people .

    June 23, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. adam 4x4

    Most illegals came here legally so what good would the fence do? It is not cost effective. Congress and the people have to approve, huh? They don't care what the people want. Congress ignores the people so that's a bunch of bunk. It's politics. They don't care about security. They can afford their own security. The illegals don't need or deserve a path to citizenship unless they were brought here as children. Legal status, yes. Citizenship for everyone, no. Throw out the Congressional approval BS, the fence, and path to citizenship for illegals and get something meaningful done on the rest of it.

    June 23, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Dave

    Aside from the fact that I oppose everthing about, the icing on the cake is opening it for more H-1b Visas. The powerful just can't get enough of crushing wages. The same report that said the bill would help balance the budget also said that it would depress wages and increase unemployment for years. Well, that's a win-win.

    June 23, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Mary

    So,we should leave this in the hands of a congress that can't find their way to the bathroom let alone determine if securrity in the southern part of the country is up to snuff? This guy is a total joke. His lack of height equals his lack of judgement.

    June 23, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Joseph Russo

    Sen. Rand Paul, Thank you for your steadfast stance and commitment to border security.

    June 23, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Nate

    Why do they diserve citzenship that they dont pay taxes send tax free money to their homelands shoot even U.S. Citzens dont qualify for food stamps like they do so what the hell are we giving them a easy start think about it plus they werent slaves they didnt suffer they havent gone thru like blacks asians so what the heck just vote No people.

    June 23, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Bert Magnus

    Sorry DOC MAGNUS, who ever you are. There is a lot at stake here. I am sure the politicuians are looking to get new voters when the whole country as we kNEW it is at stake.

    June 23, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. spoo

    sure, get the border secured first, but what does that mean? it is completely subjective and that is what GOP want, they will never agree, it will never be secure enough for them.

    June 23, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Vic19

    For some of you, you secure the borders first, then you worry about the 11 or 20 million illegals that are here. I agree with the Senator, someone has to oversee that the border is going to be secured. I can't believe how many people are attacking the republicans on this issue. Do alot of you really believe that this administration is going to enforce the laws? Thank you Sen. for sticking to what you believe in.;

    June 23, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Gpost

    We already have laws, if you lawless disrespecting people would follow them we wouldn't be having a problem and the immigrants that are here and did things the right way would be disrespected either for having made the effort. This not the nation these people came from this is a foreign nation to them so they need to have some respect k?

    Our entire body of immigration law starts with this fundamental concept: no foreigner may come to the United States without our permission. The law then sets about defining who can get permission and under what circumstances. For instance, the law says that anyone coming to perform skilled or unskilled labor may not enter unless he has a certification . . . well, never mind. It all gets very complicated once you get into the "unlesses" that apply to every facet of immigration laws. But FYI, the term "work permit" is nowhere in the law, and neither is "guest worker."

    Some people assume that our immigration laws are racist or biased in favor of certain nationalities. Not so now, although it was true for a long time. Orientals, for instance, were not allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and there were national quotas for immigration, with the quotas being weighted to give preference to northern Europeans, then later, to natives of the Western Hemisphere. That is no longer so; the last vestige of race or national origin in the law disappeared in 1965.

    June 23, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. ronjayaz

    OMG, there goes the Republic! And all b/c of Rand Paul. Tee, hee. or is it, Tea-tea?

    June 23, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Paul

    The border only solves 60% of the problem. The other problem is visa overstays. Without requiring eVerify for all employees, this problem will not be solved.

    June 23, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Rick Reid

    WOW Rand Paul I'm shocked. Like the likes of you back anything other than your right wing nutcase agenda. Frankly I don't care if you like something, since everything you stand for is opposite of my opinions and it seems a vast majority of Americans.

    June 23, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Gpost

    We already have immigration laws, respect the people who came in the right way and aren't leeching off the system.

    Our entire body of immigration law starts with this fundamental concept: no foreigner may come to the United States without our permission. The law then sets about defining who can get permission and under what circumstances. For instance, the law says that anyone coming to perform skilled or unskilled labor may not enter unless he has a certification . . . well, never mind. It all gets very complicated once you get into the "unlesses" that apply to every facet of immigration laws. But FYI, the term "work permit" is nowhere in the law, and neither is "guest worker."

    Some people assume that our immigration laws are racist or biased in favor of certain nationalities. Not so now, although it was true for a long time. Orientals, for instance, were not allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and there were national quotas for immigration, with the quotas being weighted to give preference to northern Europeans, then later, to natives of the Western Hemisphere. That is no longer so; the last vestige of race or national origin in the law disappeared in 1965.

    June 23, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Grant

    Obama doesn't want a closed border.. more the merrier so he can implode the economy even faster.

    June 23, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Mike Buck

    This goes along with the Regressive RepubliCON strategy implemented in January of 2009. Obstruct anything that Obama attempts to do whether you oppose it or not. Thanks again to the Take Education Away (TEA) Party.

    June 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Tom

    We simply cannot afford any more foreigners immigrating to this country who do not possess an intrinsic contribution to our society and our way of life. We don't need more welfare payroll hogs to clog an already doomed social benefit system. SS is almost bankrupt. People who are returning from our wars cannot find jobs. TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN PEOPLE FOR ONCE YOU BANKSTER LOVING BUREAUCRATS!!!

    June 23, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Megan

    what a joke this man Rand Paul is. It is so funny that these same people are telling other countries how to govern when the y can't control themselves. so much for the big tent!!

    June 23, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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