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Republicans know that they have to win Latino voters to regain the White House — yet many of the GOP’s 2016 potentials appear to be willfully shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to winning support. Ted Cruz just pushed for a constitutional point of order against executive action that was resoundingly rejected. Marco Rubio is going around talking about how he would “love to defund the immigration order.” Rand Paul, going one further, has introduced a bill that would kill executive action. As he wrote in a statement:
I believe that the Constitution is clear that the legislative power resides in Congress. The President is not a king and he does not have the power to enact laws then execute his own laws. Our Constitution is being violated by this executive order and other actions by the Obama Administration to govern by executive fiat.
Yup, this is the same Rand Paul who once talked about how “we need to normalize those who are here” and create an “eventual” path to citizenship. But Paul, of course, ended up voting against the Senate immigration bill — and now, in trying to kill executive action, it looks like he’s thrown his lot in with the mass-deportation crowd.
(But we already knew that, considering Paul’s habit of hanging out with Steve King — then bailing as soon as DREAMers show up):