Rand Paul the Republican Senator from Kentucky is endorsing a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the country’s undocumented immigrants. This move could help gain additional support amongst the more conservative lawmakers in Washington.
Paul will announce his support of citizenship during a speech on Tuesday to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Paul was heard saying that if people wish to work and live in the U.S., then the country will find a place for you to do that. Paul added that reform on immigration would not take place until the conservative Republicans, like him, become the solution.
The senator from Kentucky will call on the Congress to take steps first to strengthen the border security in the country prior to opening a path to citizenship. Those immigrants already living in the U.S. would be required to fulfill a number of conditions prior to taking their first steps toward legal status.
In January, a group of bipartisan Senators unveiled the framework to overhaul the immigration laws in the U.S. The overhaul includes tougher security along the borders and a pathway for citizenship. The group of eight senators continue negotiations on the final parts of the overhaul plan. However, they said they would be able to reach an agreement by April.
Paul said in a recent interview he was unsure if he would be backing the framework from the bipartisan Senate group or seek some of his own proposals to amend the plan.
Rand, in his planned speech to the Chamber of Commerce will share some of his ideas for immigration. He would call for an inspector general to make sure the border patrol is stronger before any reforms could be put into place. He envisions temporary work visas being given to undocumented immigrants already in the U.S.