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Rand Paul Offers Several Immigration Amendments

From The Hill:

Rand Paul makes immigration move

By Alexander Bolton | June 6, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is roiling the Senate immigration debate by offering several amendments that could give him an edge in a future Republican presidential primary.

Heaven forbid that he might be doing this because he thinks it’s the right thing to do. The media has decided he has venal motives.

Paul, who could square off against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), one of the bill’s primary authors, in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, is taking aim at three of the most controversial areas of the bill, according to Senate aides familiar with the measures…

Paul’s most ambitious proposal would eliminate the pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants and lift the caps on guest workers.

It would provide immigrant workers to employers who can demonstrate need, but immigrants would have to apply for legal permanent residency and citizenship through the existing lines of their native countries…

Both of these ideas sound reasonable to us. After all, it will get illegals out of the shadows and provide cheap labor. Which should please both liberals and big business.

Another measure, Paul’s “Trust but Verify” amendment, would give Congress — and not Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano — ultimate authority on deciding when the southern border is secure.

Under this plan, immigration reform would not proceed until Congress votes on whether several criteria have been met…

Another good idea. Especially, since the Obama administration has proven itself to be completely untrustworthy.

However, The Hill devotes the next 21 paragraphs to quoting operatives talking about how these amendments will help Paul get a better position against Marco Rubio in the Presidential primaries.

GOP strategists say these amendments could help Paul strike a contrast with Rubio in Iowa and South Carolina, conservative states that have traditionally played important roles in determining the Republican presidential nominee…

“There are conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans and independents who just want to get this past us, find a solution and move on to some of the other issues Republicans really care about,” said Byars, who has helped raised money for Rubio…

At the end the article finally veers back into discussing Paul’s amendments.

Paul is working on another amendment designed to ensure that immigrants with provisional legal status do not vote. It will likely have resonance in the wake of Monday’s Supreme Court decision striking down an Arizona law requiring people to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.

Paul’s proposal would make federal election funding contingent on states checking voter rolls against visa databases to ensure people with provisional legal status are not voting along with citizens. Immigrants would be barred from receiving permanent legal status if they were to vote as registered provisional immigrants.

Which is another good idea. In fact, that this amendment could even be controversial should tell you all you need to know about the Democrats’ real intentions here.

But, instead, we get cover stories like this, from the Democrat mouthpieces like the New Republic, "The Real Rand Paul Can’t Be Trusted." Which features Paul looking sinisterly gray, and with his fingers crossed:

This is the politics of personal destruction that the Democrats are so good at.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Rand Paul Offers Several Immigration Amendments”

  1. Astravogel says:

    I have an idea for another amendment: Round up illegal hispanic
    border jumpers, take them to the end of the current border fence,
    hand them tools and wire, give them a quota to build for food and
    water, when they finish, put them on their side and say, “Vamos!”

  2. David says:

    I still have issues with Everify. It seems like a good idea but considering our government has no problem abusing power for political advantage I would not be surprised to find out that the certain conservatives just happen to need extra scrutiny before they can be approved to work. And since when should the government even have a say in who I work for? Couldn’t this also be used to enforce diversity quotas?

  3. canary says:


    By Donna Cassata

    May 21 2012


    After some 90 minutes of discussion — and rejection of several amendments to undercut the measure, a bipartisan argument for increased U.S. action in Syria swayed lawmakers.

    Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the panel’s top Republican, implicitly criticized the Obama administration as he joined Menendez in embracing the measure.

    Opposing the legislation were Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a potential presidential candidate in 2016, and Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

    Udall questioned whether the United States would know what rebel groups it was arming as it introduced more lethal weapons into a chaotic situation while Murphy argued that the U.S. hasn’t learned from history.

    “We have failed over and over again in our attempts to pull the strings of Middle Eastern politics,” he said.

    Paul said the U.S. is war weary and reluctant to get involved in a murky conflict with so many factions. He said there is no assurance that the weapons would end up in the hands of “liberty-loving, Jeffersonian-type of democrats.”

    “It’s impossible to know who are friends are,” he said.

    His arguments put him at odds with another potential White House candidate — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who backed the legislation and insisted that it was critical to help groups battling the well-armed, pro-Assad forces and radical jihadists.

    The committee turned back two amendments sponsored by Paul, one saying the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force does not allow intervention in Syria and another that barred weapons to Syria.

    Paul pointed out the irony that one of the most effective rebel groups fighting Assad is Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida-affiliated group.

    The panel also rejected a Udall amendment that would have limited the weapons to .50-caliber arms and smaller.

    “The senator wants to use shotguns against Scud missiles,” McCain said derisively.

    Udall said Saudi Arabia and Qatar are providing weapons to the opposition forces. The United States, he said, “could turn over the weapons we’re talking about and next day they end up in the hands of al-Qaida.”


  4. GetBackJack says:

    THe Republican Party is finished.


    Their base is through with them.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      You got that right Mr.. I’m through. The GOP treats the conservative base like the Demoncrats treat blacks. They take us for granted.

      I got news for their dumbass. I’d rather let the dems ruin the country all at once so we can rebuild it than to allow the GOP to the pleasure of the slow drip of poisoning us.

      Ef ’em!

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