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Rand Paul Will Support Immigration Reform If Changes are Made

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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

According to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), immigration reform currently doesn’t have 60 votes in the Senate, but the good news is many Republicans are trying to find a compromise they can support instead of simply trying to kill any reform. Last week Orrin Hatch (R-UT) backed the bill in committee after getting his fingerprinting amendment added. On This Week yesterday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said he might be able to support immigration reform if some changes are made. From This Week:

[Martha] RADDATZ: But let — let’s move to immigration. Would you support the bill, the Senate bill that made it through committee this week?

[RON] PAUL: I support immigration reform. At this time, I think the bill needs to strengthen border security. It also needs to expand work visas. The main problem with illegal immigration is that we don’t have enough legal immigration. This bill, because it was negotiated with the unions, actually lowers the numbers for work visas. That’s exactly the wrong direction to go. So I will support a bill that fixes it, and I do want to support a bill. I’ve talked to the authors of it. If they work with me on my amendment, which is called Trust But Verify, there is a very good chance I can vote for it. But it has to be a better bill.

Senate Republicans are slowly coming on board but while moving the legislation rightward. The original Gang of Eight proposal is going to serve as the leftward edge in this debate. The bill moved to the right in committee, will likely moving further to the right on the Senate floor, and is almost assured to become significantly more conservative when it reaches the House.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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