Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - On this Independence Day, U.S. Senator Rand Paul said President Barack Obama's plan to enact new immigration policies without Congressional approval will "poison the well" and goes against the way the United States was founded.
“You have to have a border secured to do any forgiveness,” he said.
As he prepares for a potential run for president, Paul is striking a careful balance between hardline conservatives who want a crackdown on illegal immigration and the Latino voting block that looms larger in every successive election.
Paul said, “We do border security first. That doesn't mean we don't do some of the reforms also, but what we are seeing right now is a humanitarian nightmare. Fifty thousand kids just being dumped at the border, coming to the desert risking death, dying in the desert, being dumped here with no family and no one to take care of them.”
That flood of young illegal immigrants coupled with Congressional inaction on immigration reform is prompting President Obama to take unilateral action.
He said, “I'm beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can, on my own, without Congress.”
Paul said, “It will destroy immigration reform and further polarize the country because if he enacts legislation without Congressional approval, that makes relations very difficult with Congress. It also goes against the way our country was founded. Legislation is messy but takes consensus.”
The chances for immigration reform in this session of congress decreased dramatically after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat.