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Rand Paul: Republicans cannot be 'party of deportation'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul speaking at the University of California at Berkeley.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul speaking at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul continues to be critical of the Republican Party and shoring up his own base for a potential presidential run.

According The Daily Caller on April 1, Paul spoke at a symposium at the Newseum with Hispanic media outlets about how conservatives need to reach out to Hispanic voters if the party is to have a chance at reclaiming the White House in 2016.

Paul said:

"We got to get beyond deportation to get to the rest of the issues. The bottom line is that the Hispanic community, the Latino community, is not going to hear us until we get beyond that issue. They're not going to care whether we go to the same church or have the same values or believe in the same kind of future of the country until we get beyond that. So showing up helps. But you got to show up and you got to say something and it has to be different than what we've been saying."

Paul is calling for his GOP counterparts in Washington to take a softer tone when it comes to the issue of immigration reform. Paul further said:

"I think one way to get the door ajar is say that you know, Mrs. Garcia's nephew is not going to be sent home to Mexico. You know, because everybody -- even those who are here illegally -- know somebody who is here who doesn't have the proper visa."

Paul was one of the senators who voted against the Senate's immigration bill last year, expressing his anguish that the bill still makes it illegal for immigrants with certain visa to change jobs while living in the country.

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