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Rand Paul Votes With Trump Only 74% of the Time

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Several Republican Senators have failed to support President Donald J. Trump at crucial times during his impeccably successful first two years in office.

The usual suspects, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Sen. Bob Corker, (R-TN), support Trump less than 90% of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight. Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME), supports the President 80% of the time, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) supports Trump 64% of the time.

But one name in particular stands out among Republicans whom one might expect to vote with the President on key issues. That name is Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who supports Trump a disappointing 74% of the time.

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Paul has voted against a Trump-supported bill nine times already in 2018.

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In February, the libertarian-leaning Senator voted against the White House immigration proposal. The bill was a compromise for a DACA extension in exchange for border security, particularly “constructing, installing, deploying, operating, and maintaining tactical infrastructure and technology in the vicinity of the United States border,” or colloquially, building a wall.

Paul enjoys a cozy relationship with billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch, who fund the Americans for Prosperity.

“The plan by the Koch brothers to lobby the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress to pass an amnesty ahead of the 2018 midterm elections is a strategic political move for the billionaires in order to prevent Trump and likeminded Republicans from running campaigns against cheap, foreign labor and mass immigration,” wrote Breitbart in April.

Paul may oppose strict borders from a libertarian standpoint, but he is effectively doing the bidding of billionaire Republican donors like the Koch’s, who need a steady flow of economic migrants in order to keep their profit margins high.

On other issues, Paul breaks with the President too.

In January, he voted against the re-authorization of the warrantless spying provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is meant to allow the government to monitor the activities of suspected terrorists. Many fear that the program is extended to innocent U.S. citizens.

In the same month, Paul voted against the extension of government funding for four weeks, and then three days later against the extension of government funding for three weeks to end the federal government shutdown.

Curiously, Paul voted against Alex Azar to become Secretary of Health and Human Services on January 24.

Moving to February, Paul voted against the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, and then against the two year budget bill.  In March, he voted against the 2018 fiscal year appropriation bill.

Finally, in May, Paul voted against Gina Haspel’s nomination to head the CIA.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

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Border Patrol Expects 13,000 Illegal Alien Minors to Arrive at the Border in May ALONE

A consequence of Biden’s open borders policy.

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Customs and Border Patrol is expecting more than 13,000 unaccompanied minor illegal aliens to arrive at the US-Mexico border in the month of May alone, bracing for unprecedented ‘caravan’ style migration to the United States as President Joe Biden dismantles ICE and opens the immigration system to dubious asylum seekers.

A CBP official provided the projection to the Biden administration on Thursday. The already increasing arrival of child migrants during Biden’s presidency have revealed the “kids in cages” talking point of the Left and the media to be little more than a political prop, with CBP and DHS detaining the minors in the exact same detention facilities.

We’re seeing the highest February numbers than we’ve ever seen in the history of the [Unaccompanied Alien Child] program,” a CBP official was quoted as telling Axios on Thursday. The border agency expects caravan-style migration to pick up in earnest in the spring months, possibly presenting a genuine border crisis for Biden, who has promised to obey a strict ‘America Last’ approach to the border and immigration.

The federal government was never going to release minors from another country onto the streets of the United States without the support of relatives, or hand them off to the already troubled group home system.

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Biden’s de facto invitation of illegal immigration will prove to be an invitation for dangerous journeys from minors from Central America and Mexico. Human smugglers often utilize supposed minors to pose as family units in hopes of amnesty from the United States. Many of the unaccompanied minors who arrive in the United States have been instructed to come to the country in hopes of enabling legal residency for the adult family.

The Biden administration is actively expanding minor detention centers in response to the current surge of illegal immigration, with previous faux-moral sanctimony about ‘kids in cages’ demonstrated to be little more than political propaganda. If you don’t want to detain illegal alien minors in federal facilities, don’t create border policies that serve as a de facto invitation for smugglers to traffic them.


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