McConnell: Obama action on immigration 'mistake'

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Posted: Nov 05, 2014 2:34 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says it would be a "mistake" for President Barack Obama to take unilateral action on immigration.

McConnell says he spoke with President Barack Obama on Wednesday and says he looks forward to finding areas where Republicans and Democrats can agree, specifically citing trade agreements and rewriting the tax code. But he says any executive action that Obama might take to address the nation's immigration system would only antagonize Republicans.

Speaking to reporters in his native Kentucky, McConnell says the new Republican majority in the Senate wants to take action on immigration.

Republicans captured control of the Senate from Democrats in Tuesday's elections and expanded their majority in the House.