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. Fish

    We need a bill to ship all these Neocons somewhere, they have done enough damage to or nation damn War Mongers and economy killers!!!

    June 23, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Barry Z.

    Stop calling illegals "immigrants".. THEY ARE NOT. They are criminals that broke the laws of a country end entered ILLEGALLY..

    June 23, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. roro

    Boo Hoo! I didn't get what I wanted so I'm going to take my ball and go home. Good for you, Rand. I hope you do go home and stay there.

    June 23, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. JAR

    If our senators and representatives are to serve the people, then why aren't they listening to the people. If the illegals become legal who then is going to pay to keep them? If they can't speak English, have no education, no medical insurance then does that mean our gov't will enroll them in the welfare system, pay their educational expense and will they be eligible to draw from the social security system as many Hispanics are already doing. Gov. Bush stated that the immigrants are "more fertile" whereby they will get jobs and pay into the social security system. I worked in the welfare system and that is simply not the case. Yes, they do produce more babies then other nationalities but it just adds additional benefits to that mother.

    The late Dr Adrian Rogers, said it best;

    "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receivs without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government connot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend,is about the end of any nation."

    June 23, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Donald

    All the Demos want is Latino's forevervotes. Not for the Country. Republicans- don't fall in Dem's trap.

    June 23, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Gerald X

    Trust Congress to make the decision? No way! They can't decide or agree on anything meaningful. This is the worst Congress in history. Current laws aren't doing the job and that's why reform is needed. Illegal immigration will be curbed if the U.S. handles it like we handled the European immigrants who were processed in at Ellis island. Unfortunately, there is too much racism and prejudice against Hispanics that gets in the way of a solution. The people who have been here for years and have not broken any criminal laws should have the right to become citizens in much less than 13 years.

    June 23, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. jim

    While I agree that our borders need to be better secured, and I also agree the 14th amendment is antiquated in its principle, illegal migrant workers add a huge resource to this country, almost as slavery did back in the day. While it is not right, the cost of a head of lettuce would be $9 if it were not for the migrant workers who work for dollars in the brutal heat. An apple would be $4. Their cheap labor allows our food costs to stay low. It's a very difficult question to answer.

    June 23, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. BostonBob

    Yeah, there is someone in the Senate with at least half a brain and who cares about Americans more than corporate interests.

    June 23, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. cjacja

    Gosh this is stupid. They spend $6,000,000,000 to step 3,000 people from walking across a line on the ground. Do the math.

    That works out to $2,000,000 to keep one Mexican out of the US. Actually is is even worse because the guy will just keep trying and trying and trying. So it is really $6B to do nothing.

    We could stop the border crossing almost instantly for "free". All you need is mandatory jail time for company executives if the company hires even one person without the required documents. Republicans will never vote to put themselves in jail so the problem will continue.

    June 23, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Tuong

    Yes, he doesn't trust either a Republican administration or a Democratic administration, but he trusts Congress. You know, the same Congress that has a whopping 10% approval rating from the public.

    June 23, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. cbp

    We are attempting secure the border with Mexico which may be pretty impossible to do. A fence is not the answer and neither is a copy of the Berlin Wall. Sen. Paul is smart enough to know that Congress cannot declare the border secure because Congress would not be there to do so. We cannot afford to pay enough people to patrol the wall. The only way we can move forward is if all parties work together. Obviously that is no going to happen again, Sen. Paul's actions do not help at all.

    June 23, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. mike johnson

    Reading these comments ... I don't get it ... obviously it is best the retain the power with the people and Congress as opposed to the White House ... but people people still point finger at Senator Paul. I really don't get it ... are they just clueless ... or is it me? I am a democrat by the way.

    June 23, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Doug

    Rand and his Righteous Right keep slamming the President saying he is always “grabbing” more power, and yet Rand seems to have forgotten, it is Congress’s duty to PASS the laws and the Executives duty to see that the laws are enacted and executed.....So, Mr. Rand, how much power are YOU trying to grab?

    June 23, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Grainte

    Yeah, right! Because Congress, that group of idiots that has 10% approval rating, will know when the border is secure. "Hey Ronnie. Is the border secure yet??" "Nope, not yet. I'll let'cha know"

    June 23, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. NickAnast


    Go Rand Paul, Go Ted Cruz, Go John Boehner, Go Michelle Bachman, Go Tim Walberg.

    Yes, by all means, please go...away. Far, far, away. Without all of you, we can make progress on so many things: immigration reform, job creation, reducing the budget deficits, fixing Social Security and Medicare without cutting benefits or raising the eligibility age, etc.

    June 23, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Getoverit

    @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.
    So, more border security is not best for our country? Stupid Lberals.

    June 23, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. USGOV

    His Presidential chances are a moot point now.

    June 23, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Bill Davis

    All this border hogwash when the GOP knows that Obama deported more illegals than the last 3 presidents combined.

    June 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Tesla

    By granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, our government is increasing the burden on American taxpayers. A large number of these immigrants will be dependent on social programs. Granting amnesty to educated immigrants that can provide for themselves and improve the position of our country is a great idea. Granting amnesty to millions of immigrants that will need to be supported and provided for by U.S. citizens sounds like a bad idea.

    June 23, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Tigas

    If we secure the border, then how will Mexican citizens get into the US to vote?

    June 23, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Tom L.

    Proving yet again that he is a man of principle.

    June 23, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. omgamike

    And anyone who believes what Mr. Paul is saying is just plain nuts. When was the last time Congress did anything that was in the best interests of the people of the country - "all" the people of the country. Not just the ones who can line the pockets of the politicians. More directly to the issue, there will never be a way to completely secure both borders of our country against illegal immigration. I wish there were, but there isn't. Anyone who believes otherwise is just plain naive.

    June 23, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. D B

    Thank God for Rand Paul. What they should be voting on is , stopping them from crossing.Secure the fence Once that is secured then decide what they are going to do about the illegals that are already here.

    June 23, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. paul

    Paul is 100% correct.. without a secure border we will be doing this same crap over and over and over .plus it's a sieve for those who would do arm to us as they coolly walk straight to their target. without anything in their way.. we have no idea who has come across our border, who, where or what they are doing.. in the 50's that didn't matter much.. now it can be deadly for any US citizen in any region of the country... securing the border MUST be the first step... a promise by this band of liars and theives is not good enough.. so I'm with Rand Paul and against anyone who votes for this bill without something that say the borders must be secured.. to do otherwise is just plain stupid

    June 23, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. AJ

    Very sad to see so many be so high and mighty about undocumented workers. Every single last one of you comes from a family line that started in another country. I live in Los Angeles and work with many undocumented workers. They are falling over themselves just to make ends meet and provide for their families. They are jeopardizing their health with the long hours they work and all for very little pay, something most Americans wouldn't do. They are far away from home and greatly miss their families whom they haven't seen in many years. Do you think they would do this if their home country provided opportunities for an honest living? We have it very good here and have no idea what it is like to be in their shoes. Most of them are good, honest, hard working people who are sacrificing so much just to live a poor existence. Open your hearts and minds and at least try to see things from a different angle.

    June 23, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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