Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul: President Obama ‘torpedoing’ immigration reform

by David Eldridge-The Washington Times  |  published on February 17, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul, reacting to a new “amnesty”-based immigration plan being circulated by the White House, said Sunday that Democrats really don’t want to solve the country’s immigration problem because it’s a politically valuable wedge issue for the party.

“This is the president torpedoing his own plan. It shows me that he’s really not serious,” Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“There are many people who think Democrats bring up these ideas as wedge issues, they don’t really ever want to pass them because then they would no longer have the Republicans to blame. They set themselves up for failure by putting something up there that’s untenable.

“It seems to me to show that really the president doesn’t want immigration reform.”

The new White House proposal, which surfaced this weekend, would create a new visa for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States and allow them to become legal permanent residents within eight years.

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