Sen. Paul says he'll keep trying for immigration reforms even as U.S. House backs away

07/01/2014 06:26 PM

SHELBYVILLE — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has officially given up on immigration reform before the fall elections, but Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday he still hopes a piece can pass.

After speaking to the Shelbyville Rotary Club, Paul answered questions about the immigration issue and President Barack Obama’s pledge to take executive actions in lieu of congressional action.

Paul, however, told Pure Politics that the issue is still for the conservative branch of the Republican Party. Calling the immigration issue a “humanitarian nightmare,” Paul said that the conservative position of securing the border is a vital first step to reforms.

Obama indicated to reporters on Monday that he was considering executive authority options to immigration reform as Central American children continue to cross the southern border of the United States.

Paul said that Obama’s use of executive power would “destroy immigration reform and further polarize the country.”

Expressing frustration Paul said his calls to the White House on the issue has gone unturned.

“How do you get a conversation? He needs to come to Capitol Hill if he wants to do things,” Paul said.

Paul said that he’s telling other conservatives they have to act on the issue and that doing nothing will only make the problem worse.

“Doing nothing is also untenable. 12 million people came here illegally over the last decade or two. If you do no immigration reform 12 million more people come illegally,” Paul said.

Paul spent much of his speech to the rotary club talking about positives in Congress and his work with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader in the chamber. Paul said the two are working on several bills including a compromise on the repatriation of overseas profits.

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