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. Stupid GOP

    This is exactly why the GOP is losing support left and right. They won't vote on something unless they get what THEY want instead of whats best for our country.

    June 23, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Vence

    Say goodbye to your presidential aspirations!

    June 23, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Mary

    Crockett, I am with you on all points! I am not from Paul's district, but anyone who believes as he does is who I am for. This issue is way too big and way too controversial to run it through. I, for one, do not think we need a 'immigration reform' bill. If we can't handle things with our current laws, we are already in big trouble. And giving amnesty to people who sneak in and then DEMAND amnesty is totally outrageous.

    Also, just because we 'secure' the southern border doesn't mean illegal immigration will not continue. A lot of the illegal immigrants here came over w/some sort of visa and then overstayed their welcome by about 20 years! We just don't need to be the southern countries' welfare state.

    June 23, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. rebabecca

    It's sad to see so many uninformed Americans posting here. "Boarder"? "Big government except for Congress"? Come on people, you're embarrassing yourselves. Congress was developed for the purpose of making sure government is held accountable by the people (represented in Congress). Paul's only "agenda" here is to make sure our government is held accountable to the people. If they pass this bill and the executive branch declares the borer "secure" when nothing has been done to secure it, there IS NO accountability. His amendment is designed to provide that accountability. Why doesn't that make sense?

    June 23, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. francis e murray jr

    will not take commets are they rigid

    June 23, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Ge

    Just start a target practice with the parasites...problem solved...

    June 23, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. dc

    Fix the border FIRST!

    June 23, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Amanda Lynn Case

    Rand is a smart, and deceptive man. The reason he is insisting on the inclusion of this amendment is that he knows that Congress will never agree that the border is secure, as long as just one individual can slip through.

    June 23, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. MAAndrews

    "Build the fence and give border patrol agents the right to do their job. Mandate E-Verify, and enforce laws against hiring illegal immigrants. Make English the national language. Modernize the Social Security card to stop fraud. Eliminate "anchor baby" rights. Allow only those who can prove citizenship to vote in state and national elections. Once this is done, then we can talk about immigration reform!"
    True,True,True.....But the Open Borders Crowd of Hispanic Media and Pandering politicians fights this at every step!

    June 23, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Amanda Lynn Case

    (cont.) That way it forestalls him having to vote in favor of the Immigration Bill.

    June 23, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. NMEast

    The way to stop illegal immigration is to ENFORCE the laws we already have that make it a felony, punishable by fines and/or jail time, for ANYONE who hires an illegal alien. When you take away the jobs, they will leave. The next thing to do is to deny federal money to ANY state that allows illegal aliens to access social services. Take away their welfare, food stamps and low income housing, and they will leave. Lastly, the 14th amendment was written strictly to make sure the slaves were considered citizens of this country – not any foreign alien that came here. Force the Supreme Court to realize this and stop granting citizenship to any child born in this country. REQUIRE that EVERY child born here has one naturalized or born citizen as a parent. No other country on earth allows a child born in their country to be an automatic citizen, no matter where the parents came from. Take away the birthright citizenship and THEY WILL LEAVE. No cost to the American government, or the American taxpayers. This is the reform that must take place BEFORE worrying about sealing the borders. When this happens, THEN you can decide to revamp the EXISTING foreign worker program we already have. Stop reinventing the wheel when you already have one.

    June 23, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. K.Shaw

    Honestly, I think the polling on this is absurd. I well remember Hillary Clinton having to back away from just drivers licenses for illegal aliens in the 2007-2008 primary debates for the Democratic nomination. Now, they are telling us that EVERYBODY wants the illegal aliens to stay and wants to make them citizens so that they can vote themselves local, state and federal benefits.

    Its absurd. What you will see is Democratic challengers running against Republican senators and congressmen who vote for this bill and using that vote as a campaign issue. If anything passes Congress and is signed into law, it will demoralize vast numbers of Republican voters next year, for the elusive hope of Hispanic voters turning Republican 20 or 30 years from now. It is laughable and insulting and the only conclusion is that Republicans who support this are in some way personally corrupted.

    June 23, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Donald

    Rand Paul is doing the right thing. Man of principle. Need a man like him for US President.

    June 23, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Andynyc

    The border mess could be greatly solved by doing one thing – implementing a robust national ID system and throwing massive penalties at employers of illegals. Once that is done then we can look at the people who are left.

    June 23, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. francis e murray jr

    This is a Francis Edward Murray and would like to commit and will do on Rand Paul web site the truth is the truth and this super spy on US people with all party might want to not step on US SENATOR Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and all will go before Senate and could be the end of all sites, or might want to follow Fcc and Senators,Tea Party, Hundred others are making their own site and leaving Goola,Facebook,vonage,and hundreds of other that can not read the Bill or Rights and is going to before all that Brake Bill of Rights.amen

    June 23, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. g

    start billing the mexican government for their people 20,000 a head ,and you won,t need a fence or stop trade till they do something .why do american tax payers have to pay for their lack of control in mexico

    June 23, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. TeddyN

    Rand Paul is a disgrace as an American. He should go to a country with closed borders and no freedon like he wants the USA to be. He would do great in North Korea

    June 23, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. JIMM

    Rand Paul voting no...never saw coming (sarcasm)

    June 23, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. docmagnus

    So happy to see so many Republicans willing to follow Rand Paul.over the next cliff. Please do so, and let the grownups work out the problems.

    June 23, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Paul has rarely if ever voted on anything that would benefit anyone! He is only involved with his own ego!

    June 23, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Thomas

    I would rather not see illegal immigrants be made legal, it is shear stupidity, It should be separate from the border issue, as our borders should be secure regardless of who is in our country. There should be no compromise at all on giving amnesty to Illegal immigrants, the answer is a strong and definite NO! It is called illegal for a reason! Would you or any other sane person grant thousands of criminals that have broken into your house amnesty? No you wouldn't! But that is in fact what they have done, they have crossed our borders and broken into our house and now our wonderful government wants to say oops! It's ok now, we will make you a citizen for your crime.

    June 23, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. jjmcdonald29

    Note how many of the comments opposing Paul have simple names like "Steve, Adam, Bob, Kris etc." and make one or two line comments and attack him on trust and try to bring out little facts on the bill. This is a perfect example of a single inside political poster probably a low-level staffer working in an advocacy group or for a senator supporting the bill paid to write comments on the internet.

    June 23, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Damb S

    Its Rand Paul. Does any one care?

    June 23, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Lainie11

    Go Rand Paul, Go Ted Cruz, Go John Boehner, Go Michelle Bachman, Go Tim Walberg. Taxpayers are tired of spending and spending without any real progress taking place.

    June 23, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. ELRod

    I don't consider myself a Republican at all but I have to say thank you Rand Paul.

    June 23, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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