Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) seemingly endorsed President Trump’s controversial executive order regarding immigration and refugees in an interview with Andrew Wilkow.
The Libertarian Republic reports that the junior senator argued that the United States has the right to make any “immigration law.”
“So if you want to be an immigrant into our country, the Constitution doesn’t apply to you, and we have every right to make any immigration law we want,” Paul said. “Now a lot of us have the sensibility, myself included, that it shouldn’t be based on religion who is admitted to the country.”
Paul noted that it is nearly impossible to properly vet refugees in light of the instability of the region, arguing that there is no way to verify whether or not the immigrants are actually refugees.
Paul also pointed out the failed immigration system in Germany, where the mass immigration relocating were not coming from Syria, but from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
During his campaign for presidency in 2016, Paul introduced legislation that would block the U.S. from issuing visas to refugees from 30 different countries, while subjecting French citizens to certain waiting periods unless they were involved in the Global Entry program.
On MSNBC Tuesday morning, Paul argued that opponents of the order should recognize the flaws in the United States’ immigration system before criticizing the President’s order.
“People ought to step back and see if we can agree that there’s a problem, in order to decide whether we like the solution,” Paul said.
“And the problem is pretty clear that about 40 percent of people who come visit our country on a visa overstay their visa, and we have no idea where they are.”
Paul noted that at least two of the hijackers from the Sept. 11, terrorist attacks were in the U.S. on expired visas.
“I think you have to pause the system from areas of high risk for terrorism, until you can improve the system,” he said.
“Overall, do I believe exchange with other cultures is good; people going back and forth is good; trade is good? Yes,” he said. “All of these things are good, but I think you have to make sure the system is working.”