Rand Paul: Obama Can't Rule by 'Royal Edict' on Immigration
“Who does he think he is?” asked a bewildered Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during a political event in Iowa, referring to President Obama’s efforts to act on his own on immigration reform.
Paul noted that even though he supported some kind of immigration reform, he was concerned about Obama acting unilaterally to solve the problem.
“You can’t do it by royal edict. We can’t have a king doing it,” he said, a video of the event shows.
He blamed President Obama for increasing the problems at the southern border, particularly with the current border crisis of unaccompanied minors claiming asylum.
“All throughout Central America, every child and family believes that he will not send them home, so they are all coming,” he warned.
Border security, Paul explained, would be severely undermined if Obama decided to offer one group of illegal immigrants forgiveness after breaking the law.
“I’m not against immigrants. I’m not against immigration,” Paul said, referring to migrant farm workers and other legal immigrants in the country. “But you can’t have lawlessness. That’s not what our country’s about.”
Paul continued to warn Iowans of Obama’s executive action during an event in Sioux City.
"It's almost petulance. It's like, 'Oh, I'm not getting what I want, and I have no choice but to act,’ Paul said, according to video captured by the The Des Moines Register. “The arrogance and petulance of that ... I think it's a significant constitutional crisis that he’d be creating by doing this.”
"When did he get elected king? he asked.