Harry Reid sends Rand Paul a letter agreeing with him about the need for immigration changes

05/02/2013 04:50 PM

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has essentially agreed with Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul that the Senate should address weaknesses in the U.S. immigration system in light of last month’s attack in Boston.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul had sent a letter to Senate Majority leader Harry Reid after the Boston bombing expressing concern over the refugee program. That program allowed two individuals to move to Bowling Green where they were planning a terrorist attack.

“I am not for saying no to an immigration bill, I think the immigration system is broken and we do need immigration reform and I am in favor of that but I want the debate to go slow enough that we can talk about how to make our student visa system more secure and also the refugee program more secure,” Paul said.

According to The Daily Caller Reid responded to Paul’s letter by essentially agreeing with him.

Reid wrote:

I appreciate the support you have shown for reforming our broken immigration system, including for a path to earned citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants here unlawfully today. Under the status quo, we do not know who is here and might be intending to do us harm.

This is one of the most important issues the Senate will work on this year. The Judiciary Committee has held several hearings on immigration this year, and continues to hold more. Other committees, including the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are also holding hearings on the issue. There will be ample opportunity to amend this bill, both in committee and on the floor, as it moves through regular order.

Paul explained how the Boston situation has changed that debate while he was on his way into a national prayer day event Thursday in Russellville.

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or jacqueline.pitts@twcnews.com.

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