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. Marie MD

    How many senators and reps are there? Why is lite paul the only one who makes the "big" news.
    CNN and other reporters and media . . . . . we don't care about this non doctor loser and racist and woman abuser.
    He has become the new mutant from KY.

    June 24, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  2. tony m.

    He is a jerk like his dad. Don't need jerks like him in our government. Never a president in our country.

    June 24, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  3. upstateny

    If they pass this immigration reform bill...it will create jobs, it will double the amount of border security... why is that even a bargaining chip. If they had done that all along the government could be working on real issues and certainly would be less burden on the US Taxpayers.

    June 24, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  4. Brooke

    There's nothing wrong with having a secure border. There is HUGE punishment in every other country for being an illegal alien, harboring one, or employing one. Mexico has one of the toughest immigration laws in the world yet they have the balls to complain about ours. Harboring, housing or employing an illegal alien in Mexico WILL get you a minimum of 5 years in MEXICAN PRISON.

    Here's FACT. No one "hates non whites". We should examine the hatred OF whites on this matter. I know someone that immigrated from Scotland. He had to sign an agreement that said he would NEVER even APPLY for any form of government aid. He went to school, got his MBA and is now teaching. We have different agreements with different immigrants. Somehow, anyone of color is handed quite a lot when they get here and those from European countries are forced to promise (or face deportation) that they will not be on or attempt to get on any government "entitlement" programs. So, who's really racist?

    Mexico (and other Latin American countries) need to examine why they are losing their greatest asset by the millions. And the people and countries that like to complain about our "lack of" immigration, let me remind you that we naturalize more people annually than any other country in the world. We absorb these people like a sham-wow. May I suggest that every supporter of amnesty make room in their own community for as many as they can handle until they burst at the seams. All of you "do-gooders" will feel differently when it's YOUR wife or daughter that gets raped, murdered in cold blood or are killed in a DUI wreck by someone that didn't work for citizenship. There's a different feeling when YOUR property value goes down and your town's crime rate goes UP.

    Any of you that want this, OPEN YOUR OWN DOORS! If you notice, not one of these senators lives in an area that has a giant influx of illegal aliens, nor would they ever. Why? Because it's not as safe as their house on the hill with their personal security team. Their million dollar home would drop in value to half a million. Their grand daughter would bring home a tatted MS 13 gang banger (for the "danger" of it).

    And to Steven, the businesses in your neighborhood that are owned by immigrants... really? Look at where they came from! Indian people get to leave India with $8.00 and the clothes on their back and get NOTHING when they get here. How do they do it? They are sponsored by a family, have a job when they get here and are NEVER allowed to take any form of government assistance. That's a far cry different than "consul matricular" for Mexicans which has cost the taxpayer BILLIONS of dollars.

    Secure the border and EVERYONE get in line. No one is "entitled" to live here. You do not begin a "law abiding" citizenship with breaking a law as soon as you set foot in my country. Yes, it's MY country. And yes, the vast majority of us got here through some form of immigration, but if you're white, chances are your family got here on a boat and when your family got off the boat, they stood in line at an immigration center, got immediately documented, examined by a doctor and quarantined. This country is a prize. We devalue ourselves by allowing anyone and everyone to just walk on in.

    June 24, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  5. dodo

    Immigration destabilizes both the host country and the exit country. Immigration from viiolent troubled countries just enables the violence to escalate. One of the characteristics of failed states is destabilizing immigration. STOP ALL IMMIGRAtON and terrorism will deescalate.

    June 24, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  6. Joe

    Thank you Rand. Let's move to ease LEGAL immigration and send the lawbreakers back to their origins to the back of the line. It isn't racist to protect your borders.

    June 24, 2013 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  7. 82ndABNVET

    It is too easy. Secure the border. We can work on doing something for the illegals afterwards.

    June 24, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  8. bob

    He rather trust Congress that has a 10% approval rating to make the decisions.

    June 24, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  9. AreYouKidding?

    None of us are against immigration. We're against illegal immigration and a wide-open border. You know – common sense stuff. Remember that? Remember when your Mom told you to keep the doors in the house closed and locked? Why do you suppose she taught you that? Do you think we should view our country any differently? Why?

    You know, rather than working against a solution by making such baseless asinine sweeping untrue generalizations, perhaps you should actually take five minutes to shut your mouth and think about what you're talking about. Regardless, you'll sure look a lot smarter. Just sayin.

    June 24, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  10. Lindsey

    Rand Paul is correct on not supporting this bill. He bent as far as he could by saying yes if his amendment was included. He needs to bend no more! Paul 2016!!!!!!

    June 24, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Steven, everyone is willing to work for fair wages, the illegal aliens cut the wages to sub-standard level (I'm not a Union member BTW) The illegal aliens work hard, under threat of deportation anyone would work hard. When they get amnesty they will thumb their noses at the illegal low wages and demand parity to American level wages, why would they not? I've (jokingly thought) why don't I import millions of Chinese workers and undercut the illegal Mexican worker, hey anyone can mow the lawn, I could run a lawn service for half the cost of a Mexican work force.

    June 24, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  12. PtBarnumBoy

    Just goes to show ya, even a complete idiot can be right every now and again.

    June 24, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  13. 50gary

    Steven, everyone is willing to work for fair wages, the illegal aliens cut the wages to sub-standard level (I'm not a Union member BTW) The illegal aliens work hard, under threat of deportation anyone would work hard. When they get amnesty they will thumb their noses at the illegal low wages and demand parity to American level wages, why would they not? I've (jokingly thought) why don't I import millions of Chinese workers and undercut the illegal Mexican worker, hey anyone can mow the lawn, I could run a lawn service for half the cost of a Mexican work force.
    So called "diversity" is the most dangerous thing for America, worse than terrorism.

    June 24, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  14. Lady Con

    I'm liking Rand Paul more and more....

    June 24, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  15. L

    We need legal immigrants not people who violate our laws and come here illegally. By the way, Mexico has very stringent laws about illegal entry to their country. Illegals are jailed and deported quickly.

    June 24, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  16. nearboston

    We don't need more people. Zero population growth is a GOOD thing. We don't need more and more unskilled labor in this country the jobs just don't exist any more. Every day automation gets more and more ingrained in the manufacturing stream meaning manual labor is quickly becoming a thing of the past. What took 10 semi skilled people just 10 years ago can be done faster and better with one skilled person overseeing 2 or 3 robots.

    As far as stores and gas stations, I scan my own purchases at Home Depot and the grocery store, I pump my own gas. Machines can pick most produce. On and on.

    We don't NEED more unskileld labor, we need less. The welfare ranks prove this.

    June 24, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  17. LibertyIsRising

    Good job Rand Paul! Looking foward to a 2016 Presidential run.

    June 24, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Looks like Mitch McConnell has given too much power to the tea-bagging obstructionists who now control his Senate Minority. No longer do we have Senator McConnell as the Republican Party spokesman for the Senate. We now have Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio expressing the opinions that all are to support. Too bad the three of them cannot agree on anything except that McConnell is no longer capable of leadership.

    June 24, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  19. dale evans

    Can't wait for this guy to follow in his father's foot steps and run for president. Like his racist right wing dad, he thinks the 200 people that listen to him can get him elected.

    June 24, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  20. Wilson

    I'm not "anti-immigrant." I'm anti-illegal immigrant. There are laws and procedures in place to allow immigration into this couintry. They should be followed, no exception. And no anchor babies. That interpretation was a fiasco from the get-go.

    June 24, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  21. guest

    Does this nut-job really think the citizens of this country trust congress of make any good decisions? I mean come one, when was the last time they agreed on anything together? Congress' approval rating is at an all time low. Why would anyone want to give them the authority make an educated decision?

    June 24, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. Jinx9to88

    Shocker!!! This isnt news!! He and his close friend Ted Cruz oppose's anything the Majority of Americans want.

    June 24, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  23. Edward Boothe

    Reid is the only person in Washington that is possibly more evil than King Obongo.

    June 24, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. penguin

    A major reason we have so many "illegals" is because we had no procedure to let them in legally within a reasonable time frame. Our forefathers literally came over by the boatload. When they got here they were IMMEDIATELY processed in. Letting those who came here "illegally" is not amnesty- its an orderly method of processing them in.

    June 24, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. rs

    Proof the GOP (and supporters) lie- or are very ill-informed: No where in this bill is the word "amnesty", or a free citizenship process.

    June 24, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
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