Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday he had amendments planned for the recently passed omnibus bill that would have taken some of the pressure off of illegal immigration, but none were heard.
"A couple of weeks before the omnibus, we were told we would have an open debate on the floor on immigration," the Kentucky Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"None of my amendments were heard."
Instead, he complained, there were four preplanned votes "where they already knew the outcome and knew all four would lose."
"This is the sad thing about the Senate and Congress," he told the program. "They will not vote on anything [that] they don't count votes on in advance and know will be defeated. They knew from the beginning nothing would happen.
The obstruction came from both parties, said Paul, not just members of his own.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is blaming the Obama administration for the catch-and-release law, which allows immigrants to remain in the United States until they have an asylum hearing, and Paul said he thinks the law should be changed.
He also said he thinks a caravan of people coming through Mexico in hopes of getting into the United States should be turned away, not allowed in through the nation's catch-and release law.
"Eleven-hundred people marching up through Mexico should be stopped at the border and should be sent back," Paul said about the caravan. "We should not allow people to come into our country to break the laws. I'm all for legal immigration. Immigrants by and large are good people that added to our country. We're a nation of immigrants. We should not allow people, particularly 1100 marching up to basically thumb their nose, we don't care what your laws are, we're coming."
If it requires a change of law, then that's what should be done, said Paul.
"I think there is some leeway within the executive branch, they may be able to do it, if they want to," he added.
Meanwhile, Paul insisted he's been "big fan" of Trump's, but he's disappointed by the people he's gathering around him.
"It is disappointing me that people he appointed around him are unapologetic and enthusiastic for the Iraq War," said Paul. "[John] Bolton, [Mike] Pompeo, they don't share the vision that the Iraq War was a mistake. I want to support the President Trump I supported during the campaign. So I think someone needs to speak out against having too many of these neoconservatives in the administration."
However, that happens in every administration, even that of late President Ronald Reagan, who also appointed deeply conservative people to his Cabinet.
"President Trump's words on foreign policy have been different than many," said Paul. "He talked about not getting involved in large land wars in the Middle East again. He talked about coming home from Afghanistan. That the mission is completed but it's a tug-of-war. The president will say these things. Then members of his Cabinet say, 'oh, no, no, we need to stay in Afghanistan forever.'"
Instead, it's time to declare victory and get out, said Paul, as he'd rather spend money at home than overseas.
"We can't rule every country," he said. "We can't institute a government we like in every country. It is too expensive. It becomes murky who are the good guys. In Yemen, do we want to send our young people to Yemen."
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