U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Obama wrong on use of executive order; Congress will pass immigration bill
11/21/2014 03:45 PM
LEXINGTON — More than one year after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill which ultimately stalled in the Republican-led House, President Barack Obama took it upon himself to craft patches to the immigration system, but the move has led him into a battle with Congressional members of the GOP.
On Friday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the move by Obama as one of a monarch and not a U.S. President.
Paul, who has traveled extensively over the past year delivering a message of a new, more caring and multicultural GOP made sure to delineate the issue of overreach versus the issue of immigration reform.
“For me it’s not about the issue of immigration at all. It’s about how it’s being done,” Paul told reporters after addressing a Kentucky Association of Counties conference in Lexington. “The how is very important because our founding fathers wanted to separate power — they want the Congress to legislate and wanted the president to execute the legislation.
“(Obama) is now creating law basically out of whole cloth, and that’s a real danger to the country.”
Paul said Republicans need to challenge Obama’s use of executive orders in the courts, but he said the law moves slowly and the president could be out of office before the issue is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The other option Paul said Republicans are planning comes in January when both chambers, the House and the Senate, come under GOP control. That’s when the power of the purse comes into play to rebuke a president gone “lawless,” Paul said.
While Paul said “no one” is contemplating impeachment proceedings against the president, he did say Obama may have poisoned the well when it comes to immigration reforms.
On the other hand, Paul said he expects Congress to craft and pass immigration legislation while a legal challenge makes its way through the courts.
With the GOP crying foul, executive orders have been seen as a positive for the nation in landmark decisions. For instance Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order, as U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pointed out Thursday.
National Public Radio reported Thursday that Obama has issued the fewest number of executive orders of any two-term president since Theodore Roosevelt.
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