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Rand Paul: 'I think you have to pause the system from areas of high risk for terrorism

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) emerges from a closed-door weekly policy meeting with Senate Republicans, at the U.S. Capitol, May 10, 2016, in Washington, DC. Presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled meet with Republican House and Senate leadership on Thursday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

With the issue of President Donald Trump's recent executive order halting immigration from certain Muslim majority countries being a highly contentious issue, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul recently appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to offer a bit of insight for both sides.

The first task is for people to recognize that there is an actual problem with immigrants either overstaying their welcome, or worse.

“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,” said Paul, who also discussed how the 9/11 terrorists were legal immigrants who had stayed in the country beyond their visa's allowance.

So I think there is a problem, and we have to get together and figure out how to solve this problem," continued Paul. "But I think many are just looking at the solutions, saying they don't like the solution, but they're not admitting there's a problem."

When asked if he agrees with Trump's actions, Paul had this to say.

“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. All of these things are good, but I think you have to make sure the system is working.”



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