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Rand Paul’s Twitter Needs a Legal Lesson

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul’s Twitter feed has gotten ahead of itself.  

A tweet from the Kentucky Republican’s account with more than 543,000 followers Friday morning declared that the “5th Circuit of Appeals confirmed what you and I knew, Pres. Obama’s #ExecutiveAmnesty is illegal.” It then asked opponents of President Barack Obama’s immigration actions to add their names.  

An appellate ruling against the executive actions would be headline news, but it simply has not happened.  

The New Orleans-based federal appeals court has yet to even consider the case in question, originating out of a federal court in Brownsville, Texas. There, federal judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled in favor of 26 states, led by Texas, issuing an injuction against implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive actions.  

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday that the Justice Department had decided to file for a stay of the District Court ruling no later than Monday. The White House and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have no doubts about the legality of the program.  

While the case seems sure to make its way to the federal appeals court, the Paul tweet is simply inaccurate. It is not the first time the popular account has posted an inaccurate tweet .  


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