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. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Oh big surprise! Rand Paul was NEVER going to support this anyway. He, like most Republicans, is just looking for an EXCUSE not to legislate. Pitiful... How do these people keep their jobs?

    June 23, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Kevin

    Sure...but we should trust "Congress"? Really?

    June 23, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    And people would actually vote for this clown if he ran for President? The GOP was already on the path to extinction, the Teabaggers have accelerated it.

    June 23, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. plain&simple

    I want congress to pass a JOBS BILL! I want congress to do their jobs! I want congress to pass a law no pay for doing nothing! Now I've worked as much as Rand Paul has.

    June 23, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Jinx9to88

    This is a shocker!!!

    June 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Bob

    Since very very few members of Congress lack the technical background and military experience to evaluate the border, meaning many of their suggestions are ineffective or down right impossible, I don't think I would go for his approach.,

    June 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Paul wabts Congress to vote on whether the border was properly secure....That would pretty much guarentee that it never will be. He can kiss his run for president good by.

    June 23, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Calcommuter

    Was there any doubt he would vote "no"? Why would they work with Democrats when being partisan and right wing has done so well for him and the Republicans? You know he is going the wrong way when Bachmann is at his side!

    June 23, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. sonkarlay

    who cares what this man say, nothing productive come out of his mouth like other senator from kentucky, why those two elected, they are nothing but disgrace to this nation

    June 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Carlin123

    Makes perfect sense to me. If you don't stop illegals from coming in, the reform is just a waste of time and American tax payer dollars.

    June 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Bob

    God I don't like the GOP but when it comes to Illegal Aliens they are close. NO to any amnesty (a duck is a duck) AGAIN. I see neither party is saying anything about the ONLY sure way to stop illegal aliens – E Verify a system that is in place, cheap, not racist (applies to all) and without work you have no money and no job so you leave and no reason to come – DUH come on politicians.

    June 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Keith Long

    Any congressman or senator who would vote for this atrocity doesn't deserve the vote of any clear thinking American.

    June 23, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Monkey Man

    It's not just the southern border that is at the source of the illegal crossing into our country by law breakers, but it our out of touch obama king . . .he wants to bring in a million syrian refugees into our country.

    I'm sure that's what we need is more foreigners here who we will have to support with welfare for 18 years or more until they assimilate – and that is IF they do.

    Stop this madness . . . please, anyone . . .someone . . . stop all these foreigners coming into our country . . who come here and take our jobs from us. We're becoming a 3rd rate country as a result of all this madness.

    June 23, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. william reed

    Looks like Paul won't vote for the immigration bill, ergo, he won't ever be president . Pity.

    June 23, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Mike Fessler

    For those of you with selective amnesia, we were already promised that over 600 miles of new border fence was approved AND funded. Have you seen a single mile of that fence built? Hell no. The reason is that some powerful people in this country do not want it built, and so they've thrown every possible obstacle, such as useless environmental impact studies, in its way. I don't trust the President OR Congress to do anything they say they'll do, particularly on immigration. I do have a solution, though. Place military personnel along every mile of the border with instructions to shoot to kill anything that slithers over the border. Leave a few corpses along the Rio Grande with a sign stuck in them saying "No beinvenidos" and people will start getting the message quickly.

    June 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Bland Paul,is a wasted seat in the senate. What's wrong with the hicks in ky that would put such an incompetent person in office????

    June 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. 4 trillion

    Congress is only trusted/approved by 11% of the country........do you believe that the American people believe that they could be trusted with the exclusive authority to make ANY important decision?......simple answer...............no...............

    June 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. ghost

    All Paul is trying to do is kill this bill. It will not be long before 2014 is here. A change is a coming.

    June 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. romany stanton

    Good for him, finally someone stands up for the rights of american citizens and residents and says no until the border is secure and we know for sure it is secure and we wont be told just by someone who is trying to win the votes of latinos

    June 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Dan

    Congressional oversight on border security? Why not?......They do such a great job with everything else!

    June 23, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Jim

    I'm liking Rand Paul more and more, and Rubio less and less. For me, the only real stipulation is that border security must come FIRST, before ANY other passage for the illegal aliens. Once the border is totally closed for illegal entrance, then other measures can be decided on. No closure first, no passageway.

    This present lying administration (and any other administration – Rep. or Dem.) can't be trusted to do any closing of the border. Lie to me once, shame on you, lie to me many times, shame on me.

    June 23, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Parfin Woodel


    June 23, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Steve Thompson

    Making any piece of legislation contingent on a do nothing going nowhere congress voting on something at a later stage seems so stupid and lame. It doesn't work. We need to get back to the concept on voting on a change based on 50% + 1 support and then moving on to the next thing.

    June 23, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Dave

    Ha, he doesn't trust the white house (repub or dem) but he trust congress to do what's best?? Hasn't this whole exercise demonstrated that congress is beholden to their local districts which because of redistricting is no longer aligned to national interests?

    June 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Badly-Bent

    Finally, someone who believes the people should have a say!

    June 23, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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