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. jennifer in Houston

    waawaa.. give me my ball back.. boohoo

    June 23, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. KentuckyFreedom

    He sure shook my support. Now he is on the correct side. Let them go back to Mexico and fix the country they came from instead of coming here to downgrade this one.

    June 23, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Daremonai

    So.. he basically threw a hissy fit because congress would not get yet another grand standing 'vote' over something that is the domain of another branch of government?

    I guess power grabs and government growth are ok when it is your power that is increasing.

    June 23, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. DaMav

    How about some accuracy, CNN? The amendment does NOT call for "700 miles of new fence" but “no fewer than 700 miles of pedestrian fencing”. This allows current fencing to count toward the total, even if it is inadequate. Further there is a clause that allows Homeland Security to unilaterally cancel new fencing without penalty after the bill becomes law.

    I know this just by reading about it. You get paid to write about it - are you ignorant or deliberately trying to mislead us?

    June 23, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. KungPaoBeef

    Let him talks, soon he is gonna change his mind................soon.

    June 23, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Nostradamus

    Republicans spit venom when someone talk about amnesty for Illegal Latinos, but at the same time they have supported and kept a 55 years old amnesty favoring exclusively to Cubans along a kind of absurd cash benefits.....Cuban Republicans as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio support the Immigration Reform with the condition that Cuban benefits and privileges do not be touch it.

    June 23, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. Greg

    Folks, there are already provisions approved by congress in 2008 that ok'd the construction of border fences down south. The so called "bipartisanship" is full of it. The ground work for a totalitarian government is in the works. These dems see an influx of illegals as new voters for them. I would hope to GOD that border security would come first and foremost, but it does not.. It's all there for you to see.. Why you folks ignore the signs are beyond me. You're all being duped and you're all drinking the kool aide...

    June 23, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Mann D. Lifeboats

    "IvotedforObama - 'Just say you hate "non-whites" and be done with it Paul.' - June 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm"

    Well, yes, with your comment, you did vote for Obama. And, yes, playing the race card is the last refuge of those with nothing to say.

    June 23, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Lila

    The only time I ever agreed with a Republican.

    June 23, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Edward

    Is there ANYTHING Rand Paul or the Republicans support!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. Namepatiodoc

    Separate the two, pass and verify security, then decide what to do about the 20 million federal criminals.

    June 23, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. anonymous

    I read that there were illegals here and there was outrage that the illegals were not being paid an adequate amount of money. We need to stop this bill from being passed and quickly!

    June 23, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Rob

    This so called border security amendment is worthless. The is a provision that allows DHS to not abide by it if SHE thinks it's unnecessary. This is the same dept being sued by border agents because they are punished for doing their job and are reprimanded when the arrest illegals. This is nothing more than another lie the politicians in Washington are trying to force down this countries throat

    June 23, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Mr. Mark

    Ok so the House votes no and Republicans will be blamed leading to Clinton winning in 2016. Republicans have no chance.

    June 23, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Mike

    Hey Steven, you don't know what you're talking about. These people you are talking about working the jobs you are referring to won't make enough money to pay taxes, just qualify for entitlements. Just what we need more of. Oh wait, I'm sure there's just a bunch of engineers and scientists sneaking across the border.

    June 23, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. usmc gg

    All I have to say to any political member who votes yes on this bill, I won't be voting for you in your next term ! So think twice , we can't even feed , get jobs or take care of our own !!!!!! Send them all back ! The USA can no longer support the "melting pot"

    June 23, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. rjrock

    Rand, like his father before him is the 'no' guy. Interesting they keep getting elected for opposing everything

    June 23, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. Gwats

    Rand, You're a member of Congress! That means you are incompetent, dishonest, and above all other things, totally blind to the facts surrounding you. I think you boys have enough power for today.

    June 23, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  19. Wyatt

    Ron Paul needs to talk to his son. If he were a Liberatarian, the immigration bill would be a non- issue. Most of the Liberatarians I know believe that the government has no business in Immigration affairs. In fact, they believe in "free trade and migration." A true Liberatarian believes in same sex marriage an other individual rights. To bad Rand Paul has sold out to the Republican Party.

    June 23, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. sam

    Rand Paul is just simply likes a kid who rebel when get nothing what he wants... He supposed to had a big heart to accept the result of the voting that his amendment proposal was rejected, and he supposed to still vote yes based of the main essential measures from the overall bill he supported before.
    I believed this is just the scapegoat and the best reason to escape from his commitment he made before, to solely satisfy his conservatives base.
    If He doesn't trust Administration, Republicans and Democrats, does he think only him can be trusted?? by flip flop the decision He made?? just another cheap attention getter!!

    June 23, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. localhost

    Although I agree with him on this, I'd be more comfortable if he wasn't standing next to Michelle Bachman.

    June 23, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  22. Religious Guy

    Yeah I support killing this bill as it does nothing for those who have already applied for Green Card legally all these years and legally have to wait for 15 to 20 years more for Green Card. Instead it gives illegals pathway to citizenship in 13 years. Why would legal aliens continue to wait legally 20 years for Green Card if they can get citizenship as "undocumented" worker in 13 years? This is rewarding illegals while punishing legal aliens.

    June 23, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. cindy

    Steven, We are not working at zero population growth. We are adding millions every year due to illegal and legal immigration. Look up the facts at a relevant site. You are so far off its ridiculous.

    June 23, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. stanthman

    Zero Population Growth?

    "By the year 2020, if current population trends continue, the U.S. will add enough population to create another New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco, Indianapolis, San Jose, Memphis, Washington D.C., Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Boston, Columbus, New Orleans, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, and El Paso – plus the next 75 largest cities in the U.S.3 – if we don't act now to stabilize U.S. population. "

    June 23, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. teaparty days are numbered

    you are definitely thinking the right way steven, people don't see the benefits of these immigrants, hell, we all came from immigrants, i don't think there are any full blooded native Americans so, we have all came from or are immigrants.

    June 23, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
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