Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul criticized his GOP presidential rival Sen. Marco Rubio in his home state of Florida following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Paul explained to the Florida Republican Party Sunshine Summit on Saturday that September 11th was also an immigration issue.
The 9/11 attackers were “on student visas or overstayed their visas” and “two of them were on the watch list,” said Paul.
He targeted Rubio as blocking his amendment in the 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan to require fingerprinting, background checks and extensive scrutiny of people coming into the United States.
“I introduced my amendment to the immigration bill. Unfortunately, I got some opposition. Your senator, in fact, opposed me on this. I tried to pass something that I think was a conservative proposition to the immigration bill that would’ve had more scrutiny for refugees, for visitors and for students,” the Republican presidential candidate told the crowd of Florida GOP activists.
The Kentucky senator expressed concern about this issue after refugees had come to his hometown of Bowling Green and “decided to buy surface-to-air missiles” to attack Americans.
“We caught them, fortunately, but I’m asking the question: ‘who in the hell is in charge of scrutinizing these people?'” Paul told the audience.
He pointed to a “somewhat secret deal” made by Rubio and New York Senator Chuck Schumer “to block all amendments from conservatives.”
“To me, it is about national security because when we look at our border, you can’t have a wide open border. You do have to have control of your border if you are going to be a nation,” stressed Paul at the Florida summit.