Senate Republican leaders on Thursday warned President Obama not to issue the executive orders on immigration that are reportedly coming next week.
"I’ve been very disturbed about the way the president has proceeded in the wake of the election," Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: High drama for ObamaCare vote | Freedom Caucus chair 'optimistic' about deal | Trump woos right High drama for ObamaCare vote Senate nixes Obama-era workplace safety rule MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday after being elected majority leader in the next Congress.
McConnell cited Obama's "apparent decision to move ahead on immigration with executive orders."
"We’re not shutting the government down or threatening to default on the national debt," McConnell said.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Obama's executive action could protect up to 5 million immigrants in the country illegally.
"I can't think of anything more discouraging," Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP senator: 'We still need to figure out what the president was talking about' on wiretapping Live coverage: Day two of Supreme Court nominee hearing Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate MORE (R-Texas) said of the president's reported immigration actions.
"I hope the president would give us adequate time to be able to work together," he added.
McConnell said the president should recognize that Republicans will soon control Congress.
"We’d like for the president to recognize the reality that he has the government that he has, not the government that he wishes he had," McConnell said.