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Sen. Paul Urges Passage of ‘Trust but Verify’

June 19, 2013 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul spoke on the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to support his amendment, ‘Trust but Verify,’ currently being offered to the Gang of Eight’s Immigration Reform Bill. Sen. Paul’s amendment, introduced earlier this month, would make immigration reform conditional on Congress voting on whether the border is secure, requiring completion of a border fence in five years and a protection against the federal government establishing a national identification card system for citizens. Click HERE for more details on the ‘Trust but Verify’ amendment. Below is the video and transcript of Sen. Paul’s floor speech.



Mr. President, I rise to speak today about my amendment No. 1200, ‘Trust but Verify’ to the comprehensive immigration reform bill pending before the Senate.

I’m in full support of immigration reform, as are most of the Members of this body and most Americans. But part of that reform is that we insist on border security.

Recently, the authors of this bill made clear that legalization will not be made contingent on border security.

Most conservatives believe just the opposite: That legalization absolutely must depend on securing the border first.

‘Trust but Verify’ does exactly that. It makes documentation of undocumented workers contingent on border security.

I believe that the American people should not rely on bureaucrats or a Commission to enforce border security. We’ve been promised security in the past and it never happens.

My amendment is different than other amendments because I want Congress to institute border security, not wait for a plan from the administration.

With ‘Trust but Verify’, Congress will vote every year, for five years, on whether or not the border is secure. The power to enforce border security will be in our hands, and it is Congress that will be held accountable if we fail.

If Congress believes that the border is not secure, then the processing of undocumented immigrants stops until it is secure.

To be clear, my amendment does not replace any triggers in the underlying bill – it adds new conditions to build on the border security measures already in the bill.

The only way to put real pressure on the Department of Homeland Security is to have tough triggers …read more


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