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Sen. Coburn Warns Of "Violence" And "Anarachy" After Obama's Immigration Executive Order

In an interview with USA Today's Susan Page published today, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn warned of "anarchy" and "violence" as a result of President Obama's impending executive action on immigration.

"The country is going to go nuts," Coburn said. "It's going to be a very dangerous situation."

"You could see instances of anarchy," he added.

"Well, here's how people think: 'Well, if the law doesn't apply to the president and it's not affirmatively acted upon us as a group, like you're seeing in Ferguson, Missouri then why should it apply to me?'" Coburn added.

SUSAN PAGE, USA TODAY: President Obama, on Friday, is expected to announce the executive order on immigration. What will the Republican reaction be here?

SEN. TOM COBURN (R-Okla.): Oh, I don't think that it's the Republican reaction here, the country is going to go nuts, because they're going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it's going to be a very dangerous situation. You're going to see -- hopefully not -- but you could see instances of anarchy.

PAGE: What do you mean?

COBURN: You could see violence. This is a big step. To not work with Congress -- now that he's got a new Congress -- to go completely around us and to do things that there's a lot of legal debate on both sides on whether or not he has the power to do that.

What our country needs now is to be pulled together, not divided further. I think it's a terrible political mistake to divide us now further. I agree need to solve the immigration problem, but I think the way you do that is to forge a consensus, not just my way or the highway. So the president has said, I've given you enough time, I'm not waiting anymore, I'm going to do this. He's going to get challenged in court. He's probably going to lose in court but it's going to be a couple of years down the road...

We have enough trouble in our country right now in the process of Congress not working and now we're deciding we're going to have an autocratic leader that is going to disregard what the Constitution says and make law anyway. Instead of the rule of law handling our country today, now we're starting to have the rule of rulers and that is the total antithesis to what this country was founded on.

And so I think it's a very dangerous move for us, both in terms of civil disobedience. I think it's a very dangerous move in terms of confidence of the future of our country and to be able to accomplish other things that will need to be accomplished over the next two years. So, my advice -- they don't ask it anymore -- my advice would be: don't do this. Give the new Congress a chance to work.

SUSAN PAGE: When you talk about civil disobedience or violence, I don't understand, what exactly are you talking about that you fear might happen as a result?

COBURN: Well, here's how people think: 'Well, if the law doesn't apply to the president and it's not affirmatively acted upon us as a group, like you're seeing in Ferguson, Missouri then why should it apply to me?'

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