Under the auspices of Michael Bloomberg's Partnership for a New American Economy
, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined forces with Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform in calling for a restructuring the nation's immigration policies, The Wall Street Journal reported
The libertarian-leaning Paul said that by referring to "amnesty," conservatives were "trapped in a word that means different things to different people." It was time to move beyond the rhetoric, he said.
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"I say everywhere I go, I am for immigration reform," said Paul, the Journal reported. This does not mean he is for "amnesty," Paul's website
explains. He favors securing the border by building a fence and heightening overall security. He would also remove subsidies for illegal immigration.
Bloomberg is the former mayor of New York. Norquist's group opposes tax increases.
Like the partnership, Paul favors paving a path to legal status for undocumented aliens currently living in the United States. The group is also backed by Fox television owner Rupert Murdoch, according to The Washington Times
Rand discounted the argument that Majority Leader Eric Cantor went down to defeat against tea party opponent Dave Brat because he was perceived as not being a strong enough opponent of immigration reform, the Journal reported.
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