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I hope I am eventually able to support a good bill that includes verifiable border security. With the defeat of my amendment, there is little chance of this happening in the Senate.

I have spoken with more than 100 House members, and they think that if we want successful reform, we must first secure our borders. It is now up to the House to lead the way, and I will continue to work with lawmakers there to make sure these principles are part of their bill.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees.