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The Brody File

Rand Paul on Immigration Reform: Border Security Before Probationary Legal Status

Sen. Rand Paul tells The Brody File that he will only vote for comprehensive immigration reform if the U.S. border is secured first before any sort of “probationary legal status.”

He wants to see annual border security reports delivered to Congress by an independent agency before he will even entertain the idea of temporary legal status for illegal immigrants.

This interview was done up on Capitol Hill last week.

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Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File

Key quote:

Sen. Rand Paul: I’ll only vote for this proposal if we have annual reports that have to be approved by Congress. So each year a report comes from an independent investigator saying we are meeting X, X and X targets and that the border is secure and we are really not allowing any illegal immigration. At that point in time, I think there is room then for normalizing these folks.

David Brody: But do you believe those checks should come before any probationary legal…

Paul: Security has to come first. That’s why I would have a year’s time period where you secure the border and then I would have a report at the end of the year and then I would have a normalization process.