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Rand Paul Says Manchester Attack Highlights Need For Increased Border Security

Sen. Rand Paul argued Tuesday that the deadly suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester, England, the previous day showed why the United States must be more vigilant in protecting itself from terrorists.

“We’re never really safe at any moment,” the Kentucky Republican warned on Fox News, according to Newsmax. “I think it illustrates that what we need to do as our first line of defense is defend our borders, and be careful who we let visit our country and who we let come to live in our country.”

Paul stressed that while the nation benefits from a “great mixture” of ethnic groups, authorities have to carefully screen immigrants to weed out those who intend to commit violent acts. He claimed there are ways to get around the federal courts, which have blocked President Trump’s executive orders to ban travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries because the Constitution forbids religious discrimination. The senator called for “a way for frequent travelers to get part of a program, something called global entry, like the frequent travel program that we have here in this country.” Paul said he “would like to do that internationally.”

Regarding people coming from the countries on Trump’s travel-ban list, including Syria and Iran, the libertarian lawmaker told Fox News: “We could find people who are traditional businessmen and women go through a background check and even in those countries that are risks for us.” He suggested that the immigrants could help their cause by getting U.S. sponsors. “If you are a 19-year-old male from the Middle East, we might be worried, (but not) if you’re an 80-year-old mother-in-law,” Paul said.

The senator maintained that the country must not “just have an open border” for travelers from the Middle East. “A lot of security isn’t necessarily checking you on the plane,” he said. “We have to do some of that, but check who you are related to and who you know and doing a background check. There are people who, for cultural and educational reasons, we want to exchange with the Middle East.”

Paul also demanded that the United States withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, which set goals designed to reduce the effects of climate change. “Congress didn’t vote on it,” the senator noted. “I object to signing away our rights to some international body when Congress doesn’t even vote on it. There are estimates we could lose over 6 million jobs in the Paris accord and cost $3 trillion. That’s not good for my state of Kentucky, but it’s also just not good for the United States.”

Source: Newsmax
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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