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Senator’s Perilous Warning on What Could Follow Obama Immigration Order: ‘You Could See Violence’

"The country's going to go nuts"

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) issued an ominous warning Wednesday, warning violence could break out after President Barack Obama announces executive action on immigration Thursday.

"The country's 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 serious situation," Coburn said on USA Today's "Capital Download" program. "You're going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence."

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Obama will announce that he intends to take executive action on immigration during a primetime address to the nation from the White House Thursday evening.

Coburn said Obama's decision to take unilateral action resembled "an autocratic leader that's going to disregard what the Constitution and make law anyway," in his interview with "Capital Download."

He accused the president of failing to work with Congress to come to an agreement.

"Instead of having the rule of law handling in our country today, now we're starting to have the rule of rulers, and that's the total antithesis of what this country was founded on," Coburn explained. "Here's how people think: Well, if the law doesn't apply to the president ... then why should it apply to me?"

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