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Rand Paul: Rubio keep opposing my efforts to secure the border and tighten visas

Earlier today, [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] took fellow Senator and presidential contender [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] to task for repeatedly opposing his efforts to secure the border and tighten our visa system:

What exactly would Paul’s bills have done?

Here’s the summary of the SECURE Act:

Enhances Screening for High-Risk Refugees

  • Designates 33 countries as “high-risk” and places an immediate moratorium on refugee and asylum approvals from those countries;
  • Within 30 days, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will provide to Congress a comprehensive assessment of the status of refugees and the screening process, including numbers and countries of origin, failed security checks, information on refugees that do not comply with requests related to security screening, or who cannot be located;
  • The Secretary of Homeland Security shall certify to Congress within 30 days that enhanced background checks and monitoring have been implemented, and that Congress has been supplied with all necessary information on the status of refugee screening;
  • Once the Secretary of Homeland Security has completed the 3 requirements below, Congress can review whether satisfactory progress has been made and hold a separate vote to resume approvals for refugees from high-risk countries.
  1. Submit the DHS refugee screening assessment;
  2. Certify that an enhanced screening capability has been implemented; and
  3. Certify to the elimination of any existing security screening backlogs.

Improves Security in Non-Immigrant and Visa Waiver Travel

  • For all non-immigrant visas, the bill specifies that 30 days of security review are required prior to approval for entry to the United States;
  • For those from “high risk” countries, there is an immediate moratorium on approvals for entry to the United States until the Secretary of State, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Director of National Intelligence jointly certify that a national security screening process is implemented, and that the new process significantly improves our ability to identify potential security risks.
  • Requires DHS to certify once it has completed and implemented the 1990’s requirement set forth in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act for full biometric entry and exit tracking of U.S. visitors.
  • Once the certifications are made, Congress may consider resumption of regular approvals from high-risk countries.

Expands Enrollment Opportunities for Trusted Traveler Programs

  • Trusted travelers are not subject to additional security reviews once approved for enrollment;
  • DHS may accept and consider applications, and may approve qualified applicants, to enroll from any country;
  • DHS will give preference to applications for enrollment filed in order:
  1. U.S. citizens;
  2. U.S. legal permanent residents;
  3. Citizens of Visa Waiver participant countries;
  4. Aliens with significant documented travel history to and from the U.S.;
  5. All remaining applicants.
  • All application fees collected by DHS for enrollment in a trusted traveler program are specifically designated to pay for the cost of enhanced screening.

And the summary of the “Trust but Verify” amendment:

Congressional Votes – The Paul amendment would make immigration reform contingent on Congress voting to certify that the border is secure by annual votes of both the House and the Senate.

Triggers – Triggers require Congress to vote on every year whether the border is secure as measured by specific criteria, such as:

  • Requiring a double-layered fence be completed in five years and that every year sufficient progress is made to complete that promise, with specific miles-per-year requirements;
  • Completion of an effective exit and entry program at all points of entry that tracks visa holders;
  • Progress on reaching the goal of 95% effective capture of illegal entrants; and,
  • 100% incarceration until trial for newly-captured illegal entrants and overstays.
  • New undocumented immigrant numbers have been reduced to a negligible level as measured by the U.S. Census and the Department of Homeland Security.

Report – The Department of Homeland Security must produce an annual report on border security and progress toward completion of the double layered fence, as well as verifiable metrics. This report will trigger the annual Congressional vote. The Inspector General’s office will review report and provide analysis to Congress.

Border States – Governors of Border States are allowed and encouraged to submit a report and testify about improvements to border security.

Immigration Conditional on Secure Border – Makes immigration status dependent on congressional votes on the border being increasingly secure. Only 2 million RPI applications may be approved in a given year provided that passage of a Joint Resolution verifying that the border is secure. If a Joint Resolution is not passed, then no more RPI applications shall be approved.

Added Border Security Protections – Additional provisions to strengthen security

  • A Student Visa National Security Registration system is created to add increased security screening of students coming from countries known to be incubators of extremism and exporters of international terrorism.
  • Enhanced checks of status, location, and activities of students here on visas.
  • Enhanced screening of individuals petitioning for asylum and refugee status.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] enjoys lecturing Americans on the “need” to give up our Constitutional rights in order to remain safe. In fact, his main line of attack against Paul and [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]  is that they oppose bulk collection of our phone records by the NSA. The Fourth Amendment is optional to Rubio.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] also supports a reckless, interventionist foreign policy. His support for Middle Eastern democracy at all costs has destabilized the region and enabled radical Islam to pose a greater threat to our country. Of course, Rubio tells us that this is necessary in order to keep us safe. He counts on people not understanding the different factions in the Middle East.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ]  is right. The “national security candidate” is not going to keep us safe. If Rubio won’t support controlling who comes into our country in this age of mobile terrorism, he is not worthy of being Commander in Chief.