Sen. Rand Paul Apologizes For DACA Repeal, Calls Upon Congress To Push Amnesty

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Most conservatives are jumping for joy after Trump officially announced today that he would rescind Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is not among them. He wants Congress to snap into action, and work to preserve much of the DACA program, which protects young immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents.

“President Obama’s executive order on DACA was illegal,” Paul said to his social media followers. “However, this is a real problem we should solve in a bipartisan fashion. There are ways to make sure people who have been here for many years since childhood are allowed to stay. We should include efforts to reduce and reform immigration in other areas at the same time. Congress will need to address this problem.”

Paul’s defacto endorsement of amnesty is a stark contrast to the rhetoric that initially won him his Senate seat in Kentucky. As candidate Paul back on the campaign trail in 2009-10, he supported a physical wall as well as a virtual electronic fence around the border to be enforced by armed law enforcement personnel using helicopters to round up illegals. But years in the Washington D.C. swamp have changed Paul, resulting in him adopting more of a donor-friendly perspective on immigration.

Paul is not alone with his opposition to Trump’s plan to terminate DACA. Many moderate Republicans are crying foul as well.



“It is right for there to be consequences for those who intentionally entered this country illegally,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said in a press release. “However, we as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents.”

“I don’t think he should do that. I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said last week.

“Like the president, I’ve long advocated for tougher enforcement of our existing immigration laws. But we also need a workable, permanent solution for individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own,” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said in a public statement.

Paul will now be tasked with crafting an amnesty proposal with the worst of his party as he battles with President Trump over this major policy shift.

137 Comments

  1. Good for Rand. Even if you can’t see a more open immigration policy from a compassionate angle, look at it this way. Having a strict immigration policy is like the war on drugs. You don’t end up catching or stopping most people from coming in and you end up wasting massive amounts of money and resources on it. Even if you do mass deportations, they just slip back in and keep coming back. If you throw them in prison for coming back, you end up spending $30 thousand or more a year to incarcerate them which is a huge expense. It makes more sense to streamline the process and focus only on public safety. As long as you don’t have a criminal record or communicable disease, you are in.

  2. From his Senate page “President Obama’s executive order on DACA was illegal. However, this is a real problem we should solve in a bipartisan fashion. There are ways to make sure people who have been here for many years since childhood are allowed to stay. We should include efforts to reduce and reform immigration in other areas at the same time. Congress will need to address this problem.”

  3. Rand Paul, right as always. DACA was unconstitutional, but Congress should pass DACA into law thru the Constitutional process. Rand supported legal status during the 2016 campaign & before that, during Gang of 8 debate, he pushed for middle ground.

    I see no issue here.

  4. Haha. I continue to follow this page because Shane’s ability to craft hysterical clickbait headlines is truly astounding. I am in awe of his ability to trash people with wild accusations bearing zero substance. He’s an artist, really

  5. Ok, Rand Paul, get off your butt and write a law which is how it should have been done in the first place! Just cause obummer took a shortcut which all you good legislators closed your eyes to, doesn’t make it right!

      • Rand Paul’s words: “President Obama’s executive order on DACA was illegal. However, this is a real problem we should solve in a bipartisan fashion. There are ways to make sure people who have been here for many years since childhood are allowed to stay. We should include efforts to reduce and reform immigration in other areas at the same time. Congress will need to address this problem.”

        That is unambiguous support for amnesty.

  6. Folks, this is a Fake News article, spun and twisted. Rand Paul did NOT apologize for DACA repeal, and does not support Amnesty.
    Fake News! Shame on Shane Trejo! You are not to be taken seriously after this crap article.

  7. The headline and content of the article is NOT what Rand Paul said, but typical of the usual misinformation put out by The Liberty Conservative, essentially a fake news site.

  8. Sen. Paul was in favor of rescinding the EO and legitimizing via constitutional legislation, so no idea what apologies referenced LOL. Also have yet to hear a good reason as to why deporting DACA eligible immigrants is a good idea..

    • That’s a wee bit drastic. Just send them back to Mexico (although, those otherwise proud Mexicans weirdly seem to regard having to go back to their own country as a punishment almost as bad as death.)

  9. I keep hearing that the law is broken. How is it broken and if it is you have had enough time to fix it…….the constitution does not grant the President to make law through EO. Trump said he will not continue to break the law. Like it or not he is only enforcing law that has been on the books for a long time. I like Rand but he is wrong on this one.

  10. all this butthurt from loser lolbergs that cant win anything, and constantly get btfoed by liberals. you dont matter anymore.

  11. Fake news: “…opposition to Trump’s plan to terminate DACA.”, “…endorsement of amnesty…”. So these quotes are Shane Trejo putting words into Rand’s mouth. Note the CATO VP article denouncing Ron Paul’s libertarianism as bait potentially leading to this one. Typical corporatist Libertarian Party shills.

  12. Honest question – if someone like a dreamer isn’t “age of majority” yet (18) then can they actually break the law if their parents bring them into the country?
    No matter what the office of the President doesn’t have the power to write legislation so the executive order is null-and-void. That’s not in question.

    But from a moral and natural law perspective would it be “right” to kick out people who lived their childhood in the US through no fault of their own?

    It seems to break down like this:
    – Born while parents are in the US (whether they are illegal or not) = citizen
    – age 0 – 18 while parents are in the US illegally = gray area
    – age 18+ and in the US illegally = illegal immigrant

    I’m actually not sure how I feel about that gray area in the middle. That person, even though they are legally a minor and aren’t generally considered to have the same legal rights and responsibilities as an adult, THEY only know America and almost certainly think of themselves as Americans, since they haven’t known anything else.

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