Another fail

I'm so sick of these Southern Democrats I could scream.

Hey want people to come here legally? Quit making it illegal!! Or will that cost deputy Billy Bob his government job? Or maybe you can't profit from the bamboozle?

From: Rand Paul <rand.paul@...>
To: john bechtol <>
Sent: Monday, July 8, 2013 8:01 AM
Subject: Another fail

Dear john,

I published an op-ed in The Washington Times about how crucial securing our border is to any immigration reform


Time and time again the American people are told that now government is serious about

taking meaningful action to secure our border.

And yet every year they see Congress failing to

live up to their promise of fixing the problems with our immigration system.


Thursday's vote to table my Trust but Verify Amendment is another example of Congress ducking their duty to secure our border.

I hope you'll take a few moments to read my op-ed below and, chip in a

contribution so I can continue to lead the fight to push Congress to secure the border before enacting any
immigration reform.

In Liberty,

Senator Rand Paul


PAUL: Immigration reform’s fatal flaw
The broken system can’t

be fixed without border security

Most Americans agree that our immigration system is

broken. Many agree that it desperately needs to be fixed. Many agree that past attempts to fix it have failed or even made our problems worse.

Each time we’ve tried to pass immigration reform, border security becomes a last priority, if it is

even a priority at all. We always address how to handle undocumented workers already here without addressing how they arrived here in the first

We are not going to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented people already residing

in the United States. In fact, we have de facto amnesty, in which those here neither have to return to their country of origin, nor are they fully or
legally part of the American workforce.

But what do we do to prevent having to address this

problem again?

The immigration bill before the U.S. Senate suffers from the major flaw of being

yet another attempt at reform without addressing the crucial ingredient of border security.

Earlier this month, I introduced an amendment to the comprehensive immigration-reform bill. My amendment, known as the Trust but Verify Act of 2013,

would make immigration reform conditional on Congress voting on whether the border is secure, requiring completion of a border fence in five years and
a protection against the federal government establishing a national identification-card system for citizens.

This amendment was crucial to immigration reform for this important reason: Unlike the legislation before us, my amendment made reform

contingent upon border security first.

On Wednesday, the motion was tabled with a vote of


Seven Republicans joined with the Democrats in voting to table my bill. It was

disappointing that the “Gang of Eight” explicitly said that legalization should not be dependent on first securing our border. Most
conservatives believe just the opposite — that legalization absolutely must depend on securing the border first.

I am disappointed that the Senate rejected my amendment to fix one of the fundamental flaws of the current proposal. My

amendment would have added real, verified border security and made the promises of the bill’s authors credible to the American people.

You can’t claim to be fixing the problems with our immigration system without addressing what allowed

these problems to arise in the first place. You can’t address a broken immigration system without addressing our broken borders.

You can’t keep refilling a tire that has a hole in it.

I hope Congress eventually can produce immigration reform that actually solves the problems in our system. Unfortunately, the Senate bill does not.

I will continue to work to solve our immigration problems. America is a nation that always has been

welcoming of immigrants, and we must have a system that encourages and embraces those who come here from all over the world to find a better life.

But it is important that they come here legally. It is important that we have a system that makes

sense for both newcomers and the border security of the United States.

I hope I am eventually

able to support a good bill that includes verifiable border security. With the defeat of my amendment, there is little chance of this happening in the

I have spoken with more than 100 House members, and they think that if we want successful

reform, we must first secure our borders. It is now up to the House to lead the way, and I will continue to work with lawmakers there to make sure
these principles are part of their bill.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is a member of the

Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees.