Confronted with critical quotes from Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh on Fox News Thursday morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stood firm on his immigration reform stance and fired back at anyone who would try to question his resolve.
After Paul explained his stance on border security, the conversation shifted to undocumented immigrants who are already in the country. Fox host Bill Hemmer said, “you know you’re a ripe target for the word amnesty,” and then played clips of what media figures like Coulter and Limbaugh have been saying about the senator since he indicated his openness to a “pathway to citizenship.”
“People like Coulter and Limbaugh say people like you are being suckered into an agreement here,” Hemmer added. “What they argue is that conservative principles should not be sacrificed here, it’s that the Republican message has been lost in the process. What would you say to that?”
Paul was eager to jump in and defend himself, saying “I’ve got a news flash for those who want to call people names on amnesty. What we have now is de facto amnesty.” He explained, “We have 11 million people here that have been here, some of them for a decade or more. No one is telling them to go home. No one is sending them home.”
After explaining how he would work to reform the process, Paul addressed Coulter’s assertion that Republicans won’t be able to win national elections if they embrace “amnesty.” “Here’s another news flash,” he said. “We haven’t been too competitive in the last two national elections.”
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