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Boehner warns Obama: If you take executive action on immigration, you will get ‘burned’

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) — An emboldened House Speaker John Boehner, fresh off Tuesday’s midterms when Republicans secured a bigger House majority and a GOP controlled Senate, warned President Barack Obama if he tries to take executive action on immigration he will get “burned.”

“I’ve made clear to the president if he acts unilaterally on his own outside of his authority he will poison the well and there will be no chance for immigration reform moving forward in this Congress. It’s as simple as that,” Boehner said.

He brushed off the notion that the president could take some initial steps on his own on immigration, but could later work with Congress to pass a more comprehensive plan.

“When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself and he’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down that path,’ Boehner said.

Boehner said he wants to work with the President on areas they can agree on, but said, “he needs to put politics aside and rebuild trust.”

He insisted that his pledge, along with Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, to repeal Obamacare wasn’t in conflict with his pledge to work with the president.

In a reference to the president’s press conference a day earlier when he reiterated plans to take executive action to allow some undocumented workers to remain in the U.S., an incredulous Boehner said, “The president said ‘I listened to what happened on Tuesday night.’ Really?”

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  • Phil

    Here we go already. One idiot threatening the other idiot. That’s the problem–more time wasted on partisan politics
    than actually doing the job we elected them all to do.

  • Paul Maggard

    this should not be an issue kick all illegals out of our country lets take a page out of Australia’s play book and take America back all Illegal Aliens need to be kicked out of the country

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