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. BlueDem1

    Wow, what a surprise! Next thing Rand Paul will tell us is that he won't support any bill designed to ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security.

    Rand Paul's position is irrelevant. The Senate has more than enough votes to pass immigration reform even if the tea-bag members refuse to vote for it.

    June 23, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Just Nathan

    So I am going to guess all of you "anti immigrant" folks out there are all 100% Native American? O? What's that you say? You aren't all 100% Native American? Why in the world would you be "anti immigrant"? If you are a white American the chances are astronomical that your ancestors were at one time immigrants. I'm sure tht is ok since they were white and not brown skinned.

    June 23, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Nameamabo

    The smart people must begin to speak up illegal is against the law the law it's not broken the people r so dumbed down that's why we call you sheepel U like other's cooking ur food working in ur gas stations get off ur ass and stop this assault on the AMERICAN way of life. We r trying to fix this country stay in Mexico and fix yours! Good fences make good neighbors.

    June 23, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. DJ in the orange curtain

    I'm an Obama supporter but on this one...I totally disagree with both the Dem's and GOP corporate welfare goons. Amnesty makes a total mockery of our laws. Why have we spent mega billions on border security and border patrol, only to let the illegals get citizenship regardless? It makes no sense. The Dem's and the GOP allies whom only want cheap sweat shop labor at totally nuts on this issue. Just enforce the existing law, we already let them stay here anyways.

    June 23, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Steven

    Hey, Paul, I see you did not read, understand, assimilate the lesson on the previous elections. You are not against the bill, you simply against Hispanics.

    June 23, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Marrod

    I am all for immigration reform. Giving illegals some sort of legality will have some benefits. The ones who decide to stay will contribute by having to pay taxes. I figure, they are here already. But the borders need to be more secure. Not only day laborers filter through but drug trafficking seems to be the bigger problem.

    June 23, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. rbj

    If nuts like Rand Paul or call him "Nutty Paul" have their way, we will be paying $25/lb for potatoes, $18/gallon for gas, and $6 for a loaf of bread, fighting and paying for war in Syria, Sudan, Mali and who knows where to see thousands of Americans killed, hundreds of thousands maimed for life etc. and still have Talibans and other fundamentalists control the destiny of those we fought for and paid with our lives. It does not hurt Nutty Paul because he will have a fat pension for doing nothing paid by who – all of us who can make hardly make both ends meet. Unfortunately, the near future at least will be an era of Nuts like Nutty Paul. Only a serious disaster will change the present climate in created by nuts like Nutty Paul.

    June 23, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. edward_s

    Congress shouldn't be granted power for our borders to be secure. It should be a state level. CA, AZ, NM, TX should be the ones who write the bill since it's their area. AZ tried to have laws passed and the feds attacked them, now the federal wants to get off their butts. Why now, because the immigrants have expanded and entered their states.

    June 23, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. reasonablebe

    childish temper tantrum- 'not exactly, and i mean exactly, as i want it, i'll stomp my feet and scream.' and that's what he is doing. doesn't understand what it means to be an adult, which includes being willing to compromise.... the welfare of the country is not as important to this man as his own ego. real shame.

    June 23, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. meki60

    Good, at least someone has some sense

    June 23, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  11. Dallas

    Here's your lovely parting gift. Thank you for playing, now just go away!

    June 23, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. tony

    More guns for loonies. To heck with governing the country. Let the NRA run the Pentagon. They can fund it and save us all a fortune.

    June 23, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Cameraman

    Wow... for all the whining you Righties do about how "Liberal" CNN is... there sure are a lot of you racists hanging out here...

    June 23, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. LastLiberalRepulican

    Pure brinksmanship, nothing less.

    June 23, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. jennyx

    and this will more reason foe the new burritos to become democrats rather than a trailer trash republican dead party
    yep the old dinos trailer trash republican party are doomed

    June 23, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Nate

    U.S. Citzens dont get the benefits of an immgrant that pays no taxes instead we get taxed we get way less benefits an its about being racist its just being real you think what you want but its true an yet they want citzenship come on now we all know its true.

    June 23, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. CT_Yank

    I wouldn't trust any Congress to vote to determine whether or not the border is 'secured'. They can't vote to do anything productive, so why would anyone trust them with national security?

    June 23, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Al Camerchio

    No one is against an infusion (as you put it) of new strong hard working people into a nation. Entering a nation illegally, braking down the rules of entry specified by that nation, tearing down the barriers established to contain those who are willing to break the law for personal gain, is what the people objection is about. There are consulate offices in every country to provide applicants with the proper documentation for entry. Why do you suppose these people object to using these channels to gain entry is because a good number of them will never be accepted into the country based on previous police records. I'd say let them apply for a visa, let them get a passport, let them pay for a travel fair, then they will be welcome with open arms.

    June 23, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Michele

    We do not care one bit what you will or will not support Mr Paul. You are, IMO, a traitor to the US and should be treated as such. Do us all a favor and just go away.

    June 23, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Name Howard hatch

    for not trusting this or any othe or any other Democratic bunch.

    June 23, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Blind Man with seeing eye dog

    ....even I can see he ain't right...

    June 23, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. Andy Sr

    I agree with Rand, There should not be any legalization until the border is secure.. We need to bring all of our military back home and put them on the border until the border is secure. AT least they would be fighting for something that would help the United States.. Keep our tax dollars in our country and the Mexicans out for awhile.

    June 23, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. djrichbourg08

    STAND WITH RAND, CRUZ & LEE on this one people!!

    June 23, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Getoverit

    @Andy H.
    No one cares what you do, no one takes you seriously. Thanks for coming in.
    So you're OK with 11 million criminals getting a free pass? It's ok, no one cares what YOU think.

    June 23, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Minnie Mouse

    The entire country knows that the border is not secure. What is point of wanting to vote on it since it's a waste of time! Spend the time figuring out how to fix the issues. If it was secure there would be no need to have battles over immigration reform, figure how to fix the border security issues, the work force issues ect...that are ongoing. It's not a waste of money to keep our country safe and free of drugs, guns, criminal, illegal immigrants ect.. that are coming into our country. In this particular situation it's going to take money, it is what it is and needs to be properly handled in order to correct the problems in our border security system to secure the country and with that said it all costs money.

    June 23, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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