The Chatter: Paul gives more details on immigration plan plus Massie urges Congress to 'wake up'

06/12/2013 01:43 PM

In a key speech on immigration Wednesday, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul proposed a bipartisan panel to determine the number of work visas the United States would issue per year.

Paul said the first part of his plan is border security which would lead to the next step of figuring out what to do with the undocumented immigrants already in the United States. But he, unlike some of his Republican Senate colleagues, also has focused on increasing the number of work visas from the current 65,000 for highly-skilled workers.

“My plan is very simple and will include work visas for those who are here, who are willing to come forward and work,” Paul said in his remarks. “A bipartisan panel would determine number of visas per year. High tech visas would also be expanded and have a priority. Special entrepreneurial visas would also be issued.”

Paul also told personal stories of his family immigrating to America and discussed his religion to the forum organized by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles in Washington, D.C.

Paul said as a Christian, “ I believe there will come a time when we are all judged on whether or not we took a stand in defense of all life from the moment of conception until our last natural breath.”

Massie implores fellow congressmen to “wake up” on NSA scandal

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie expressed his outrage over the NSA collecting data and told his fellow Congressmen to “wake up” during a floor speech Wednesday.

Massie said the executive branch is overreaching using powers through the Patriot Act, which Congress first passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“You want me to be surprised? I am not surprised, I am outraged,” Massie said in his floor speech. “In each case of executive overreach, Congress gave an inch and the executive branch took a mile.”

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