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Rand Paul: Obama's executive action on immigration could end up at the Supreme Court

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is hoping history will repeat itself in the case of President Obama's impending executive action on immigration.

During the Truman administration, the Supreme Court overturned an executive order directing the government to run many of the steel mills in the country amid heightened demand from the Korean War. Citing that historic case, Paul said on Sean Hannity's show last night that the Supreme Court could act similarly if the president were to move ahead on amnesty for illegal immigrants without the consent of Congress.

"I think with regard to immigration reform, [the president] is doing something that Congress has not instructed him to do and in fact has instructed him otherwise, so I think the Supreme Court would strike it down," he said. "That takes a while, but that may be the only recourse short of a new president."