Rand Paul throws weight behind immigration reform effort


Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday waded deeper into an issue that has proved perilous to some of his GOP colleagues, throwing his political weight behind an establishment lobby effort to get Congress to reform the country’s immigration system this year.

Mr. Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky and possible 2016 presidential hopeful, participated in a telephone conference call to conservative and business leaders in favor of immigration reform in an effort brokered by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, The Washington Times has learned.

The business group, the Partnership for a New American Economy, immediately blasted an email Wednesday evening to supporters crowing that Mr. Paul had formally joined its pro-reform effort.

The timing of the call only heightened the potential stakes for Mr. Paul just one day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was shockingly ousted from office in the Virginia Republican primary in favor of a little-known college professor.

Tea party activists who whipped up a get-out-the-vote effort for Mr. Cantor’s opponent said they were motivated by the incumbent’s advocacy for immigration reform, actions on Obamacare and vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

11 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Marguerite says:

    Rand Paul had come to be Dr. Jeckle andr Hyde..

  • Kathleen3 says:

    Rand Paul has taken the Flip Flop baton from Al Gore and taken it to a whole new level. This guy would sell his soul in order to hear “Hail to the Chief” when he enters a room.

    My hope is when Rand Paul is next up for reelection he faces the same fate as Eric Cantor.

  • The_Frog_Prince says:

    Rand Paul hammers another nail in his political coffin with conservatives.

  • Peatro Giorgio says:

    I believe from all that I have read pertaining to this issue ! Rand was not nor is He in any way shape or form supporting a Establishment Immigration reform measure on the contrary . He wants and is insisting on secure Borders verified secured borders. Stricter employer controls E verify. No government hand out no food stamps ZIP NADA.
    Other then that no one I repeat no one may or can claim other wise. This news headline, was whoa fully miss. leading and did not represent all the facts I would suggest the 1776 coalition research this a bit more prior to posting false conclusions. You guys appear to be following in the foot step of the lying progressive class.
    Yes I to was pissed off at Rand for supporting Susan colleens of Maine and Mitch McConnell. However lets do a freak-en reality check here.! Are we the fiscal Conservatives libertarian-tea-party folks truly going to win national, nation wide with out the moderates in our party HELL NO ! Are the moderates going to win nation wide with out us? HELL NO ! Let the LEFT DO As stupid does Let us use our GOD given wisdom and for Our own sake’s lead with that wisdom granted Us by our HEAVENLY FATHER. RAND PAUL is a wise intelligent and faithful Man of God whom is using the wisdom granted him. Maybe just maybe we all would do better to follow his lead.
    He has NOT betrayed us ! Some of us have betrayed him ! Those whom cast doubt mite? do well to think through and clarify what it is they want and how they shall get there. .

    1. I Seigel says:

      The headline appears to be accurate.

      1. Peatro Giorgio says:

        ( Appears ) Look deeper and I mean really much deeper.

    2. onwego4k says:

      look at cantor no backing from tea party a 23 old manager for his opponent and little money and he won beat the hell out of cantor so don’t say we need the establishment to make it ask cantor how much did his 5million help him . the people are awaked we want those listening to us

      1. Peatro Giorgio says:

        Yes I agree however from one state election to another we the independents ,tea-party and libertarians have had our butts handed to us. Face facts as I have truly, the establishment needs us just as we need them that is not saying we should not contest each and ever district on the contrary.We should and we shall how ever fact is there are equal amounts of moderates as there are Conservatives, if we blow up one faction we so blow up our selves.I have thought long and deeply on this very subject .I just as you hate the fake ass Rhinos,However common sense dictates that we shall not become a majority party with out the center to left on our side as well. Yes we independents, libertarians, and tea-party fiscal conservatives have joined together. Again how ever.Vote for the tea-party and if we lose in the primary then vote for the republican even if they are not 100 % .with us. Let us not throw away the baby with the bath water. As for Rand Paul he is consensus building. To win national presidential race YOU MUST HAVE A CONSENSUS joined together Much like Reagan That is how he beat the Republican Establishment in the primary. Let us not deceive our selves into thinking we can win on our own. Remember this two the majority whom live along the coast lines of the Atlantic, Pacific, the Gulf and Great lakes regions are more moderate then center of the heart land. We can not win with out the majority of these regions PERIOD Plain and simply. We mite wish to believe we can. But the electoral numbers are not with the heart land on its own.

  • Debbie says:

    Rand Paul lost me as a supporter when he endorsed Mitch McConnell

  • James in Texas says:

    See, incumbency corrupts everyone that arrives in DC, sooner or later! Our nation has severe issues with the economy, jobs, healthcare, defense, foreign policy and Mr. Paul has suddenly discovered that our immigration policy is “The answer to all that troubles America”! Wake up Rand, you are staring to sound and act like your Father when it comes to political sense. No needed revision of our immigration policy until the Conservative side of the aisle is the major majority. Otherwise, all that will happen will be several hundred-thousand new low information voters will be added to the “Give me Chocolate” electorate!

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