Kentucky Senators Vote No On Immigration Reform Package

Jun 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill Thursday, but Kentucky Senators did not vote in favor. 

Kentucky senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell were among the 32 Republicans who voted against the immigration bill.  Although it passed with a bipartisan majority, McConnell says the bill didn’t do enough to secure the border.   

"In other words, in the absence of a very firm results based border security trigger, there’s no way I can look at my constituents, look them in the eye, and tell them that today’s assurances won’t become tomorrow’s disappointments.  And since the bill before us doesn’t include such a trigger, I won’t be able to support it," McConnell says.

Some groups expressed their displeasure at this action, including Services Employees International Union, which represents healthcare and social service workers in Kentucky and other states.  Vice President Kathy McCormick characterized the senators’ votes as blatant partisanship.

“The current bill that just got passed will save taxpaying dollars and would reduce the deficit.  But did they want to do that, something that they preach every day.  They decided to vote no and not give 11 million immigrants the right to become U.S. citizens.  I’m appalled by it,” she says.

The bill now goes to the House, but Speaker John Boehner says it will be ignored in favor of newly drafted legislation.