Senator Rand Paul took aim at fellow White House hopeful Marco Rubio as the Kentucky Senator introduced legislation designed to stop the flow of Syrian refugees into the United States in the wake of the deadly ISIS terror attack in Paris that left 129 dead and most of the the world outraged.
According to the Washington Post:
“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has talked up his past border security bills in recent days, is introducing one to suspend the issuance of visas to refugees from Syria and up to 30 other countries, pending strict background checks.
“It’s about time, and Paris should wake us up that we can’t just let anyone come to this country,” Paul said in a conference call with reporters. “Forty percent of immigration issues in our country are from visa overstays, and for those visiting us from countries that have large jihadist movements, this will be a bone of contention.”
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The full requirements in Paul’s bill, as provided to reporters, also included a 30-day waiting period on “all entries to the U.S. in order for background checks to be completed, unless the traveler has been approved through the Global Entry program.” That, said Paul, would include even citizens of France who wanted to study in the United States.”
>>>The article also notes Paul had strong words for fellow Senator and Presidential candidate Marco Rubio for blocking his amendment to an immigration bill. Rubio was a part of the controversial immigration reform effort led by liberal New York Senator Chuck Schumer known as the “Gang of 8.”
“Since the Paris attacks, Paul has talked more forcefully about limiting refugees; he has criticized Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a rival for the Republican presidential nomination, for opposing his Trust But Verify visa security amendment to the 2013 immigration bill…”
Paul blasted Rubio in a recent email, saying the bill disqualifies Rubio from earning conservative support:
“I have always felt that liberal immigration policies and insecure borders put our country at very serious security risk,” Paul said. “That is why I previously put forth the “Trust but Verify” amendment to Senator Rubio’s “Gang of 8” immigration bill. The policy I proposed would have increased the scrutiny of people coming into the country — it is the type of legislation that we need to protect this country from people who seek to do us harm on our soil.
Unfortunately, Senator Rubio teamed up with liberal Senator Chuck Schumer to block all conservative amendments because they cut a deal on amnesty. It was a huge mistake – not only for the bill – but also for our national security. Simply put, Senator Rubio’s actions on amnesty should disqualify him from earning the support of conservatives within our party.”