Rand Paul Says Gang Of Eight Immigration Bill Doesn’t Address System’s Failures

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Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote a letter Monday urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to hold up any action on proposed immigration reform until Congress better understands what’s actually broken with the immigration laws already in place — laws that failed to halt the immigration of the alleged Boston bombers from proceeding unchecked.

“Before Congress moves forward, some important national security questions must be addressed,” Paul said. “The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. If we don’t use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs.”

A coalition of Congressional leaders — you know them as the Democrats and RINOs of the “Gang of Eight” — are backing an immigration bill up for debate this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

That bill includes a number of new immigration enforcement provisions, including measures to tighten the U.S.-Mexico border, monitoring visa holders and adding more customs agents. And, in keeping with President Barack Obama’s immigration reform blueprint, the bill would set illegals on a 13-year track toward American citizenship.

Paul is arguing that these steps are borne more from concerns over illegal immigration originating from the southern U.S. border, but don’t do much to examine how the system as a whole fails to stop the entrance of Islamist terrorists who came here legally from across the Atlantic.

Why did the current system allow two individuals to immigrate to the United States from the Chechen Republic in Russia, an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, who then committed acts of terrorism? Were there any safeguards? Could this have been prevented? Does the immigration reform before us address this?

…In the wake of 9/11, there was a comprehensive reform of our intelligence gathering system, yet our improved intelligence gathering system did not adequately detect these extremists. We need to understand possible intelligence failures and craft solutions.

Paul is calling for hearings in the Senate Homeland Security and Government affairs committee to study ways that would-be immigrants hoping to enter the United States from “high-risk areas” can be vetted by a more thorough security screening process.

Other Republicans, like Senator John Conryn of Texas, have expressed similar security concerns with the Gang’s proposed reform.

Then there are real cops, who have to enforce whatever Congress passes. They think the proposed comprehensive reform bill stinks.

“Never before have I seen such contempt for law enforcement officers as what I’ve seen from the Gang of Eight,” Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, said in testimony Monday. “Senators invite illegal aliens to testify before Congress… but American citizens working as law enforcement officers within our nation’s broken immigration system are purposely excluded from the process and prohibited from providing input.”

On the whole, Paul is voicing a conservative view shared by many who, in light of the Boston bombings, have reflected on just what the proposal before the Senate really accomplishes (amnesty) and what it can’t prevent (terrorism).

But with the proposal’s strong media play, as well as assiduous support from the Obama Administration, pointing out the other side of comprehensive immigration reform to average Americans, who are being sold the plan with every “click” of the TV dial, may prove too challenging for Paul and other conservative critics to overcome.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Warrior

    New “members” that pay up front will get a “clubhouse pass”. Now that’s “comprehensive”.

    • podunk1

      Isn’t it time to address the real problem? It is’nt about race or hate, it’s about corruption, plunder, and “the plantation”

      Remember, $43,500 is the average wage. Some get $10,000 or less while others who took your child’s chair in med school might be $500,000 or more. It’s $63,500 each when a bare minimum $20,000 is added for comp, food stamps, etc. It’ jumps to $83,500 if the alien is illegal (criminal) & on the food stamp gravy train! If we have 12 million criminal alien workers the cost is $1 TRILLION/yr.! We have between 11 and 30 million illegal aliens and a near endless supply of “guest” alien workers, immigrants, & students with hands in your wallet. In fact, they’re bankrupting the country!

      We’ll balance the budget when we get rid of the officials who can’t understand their obligations begin and end with God, citizens, and country!

      We’ll have record surpluses when the minute we end corruption, such as political monopolists (unlimited contributions to campaigns), the oil monopoly, union monopolies, and corporate monopolies.

  • Chuck moon

    Obutma the illegal , radical, communist piece of crap in the white house and the mindless fools following him have ruined his and their chances of ever getting anything they want done. He and they have tried to force feed the American citizens his communist ideals and , new laws , throwing away and disregarding the constitution. Trying to do whatever he wants not caring what anyone else in the country wants and all the time spending and breaking the
    U.S.. No wonder the secret service had to triple or more security on him. He has made history ” the most hated SOB
    In the history. He wants to disarm the citizens. I would imagine he will go to hell along with who ever comes to pick up guns from the citizens of the US

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Another child who thinks using “Obutma” makes any point other than that the one who says it IS a child. (and the same goes for “piece of crap”)

      Nothing here but ignorant ranting and the opinions of a Kool Aid drinker. And I like the “triple or more security” on him stupidity—is that why we can’t see him anymore? Because of the impenetrable wall of agents that surround him?

  • Miss Melody Taylor

    “we the people had better be paying attention”; do you have a copy of our constitution & the Bible in your home? Educate your children and grandchildren on their constitutional rights while you still can. Homeschool your kids if possible, poor support your teachers with your presence whenever you can. Know what is being taught! Ask to borrow a copy of your childrens “history book”, for the current and future years. Discover what our childrenare taught.

  • Miss Melody Taylor

    If we don’t exercise our muscles we will lose them. If we don’t exercise our rights, we’ll lose those! If your City attempts to charge a permit fee for hanging the American glag in your yard? Refuse to pay. Tell the official you intend to get the fee “out of his or her paycheck”, or paint your house in the image of our American flag!! You can personally change government if you stand up to them. Remember, they are your employees!

  • BarrackHussein

    One thing thast is broken is the commie gubmint union personnel. We need to start holding them accountable and expelling them over issues such as this… including their supervisors. LIberty will ultimately run through these unions.