Paul Balances Immigration Order, 2016 Prospects

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said his opposition to President Barack Obama’s executive orders changing the country’s immigration law will not hurt his efforts to reach out to the nation’s minority communities ahead of a possible 2016 run for president.

Obama has issued an executive order delaying the deportation of up to 5 million people who are in the country illegally. Paul, like most Senate Republicans, has opposed Obama’s order in the strongest terms and has pushed to take the president to court.

But Paul said his opposition is about a president abusing his power, not about opposing immigration reform. Paul said if Obama had issued an executive order lowering taxes, he would have opposed that, too. Paul said he believes voters understand the real issue.


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