Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that the US needs to secure the border and then improve its legal immigration system during an interview broadcast on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
“My position always has been we should do little bits of what are doable, and what, really people believe in. Right now, we have 11 million people in the country who are said to be here illegally. Well, if you do nothing you’ll get 11 million more. So, I think having no immigration reform is a non-starter, you need immigration reform. But the first problem is, you have lawlessness on the border, and there’s also a national security risk to people who just walk into our country. So, the first thing you have to do is secure your border” he said.
Rand continued, “the first thing you have to do is secure the border. The one interesting thing is, while it might be barriers, it isn’t a 100-foot-tall fence that’s going to keep us safe. You know one thing that protects us from illegal immigration, legal immigration. So you have to have a good work program. I know many farmers in Kentucky, and they come up to me and they say ‘well, I have 30 workers,’…they never had one American in 30 years apply for a job.”
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