WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), like many other Republicans in Congress, did not want President Barack Obama to announce deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. But while most GOP critics merely expressed concerns about border security and presidential overreach, Coburn made a darker prediction: There would be rioting in the streets.
"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 told USA Today. "You're going to see -- hopefully not -- but you could see instances of anarchy. ... You could see violence."
Despite this warning, Obama went ahead, announcing in a prime-time address Thursday that he would use his executive authority to help more than 4 million undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows and live in the United States legally.
Witness the carnage that followed, just as Coburn predicted:
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Coburn's office did not return a request for comment.
There was at least one small howl of protest, according to the Argus Leader, although it came before Obama spoke. When Darin McDonnel of South Dakota heard about the planned executive action, he went outside -- in the 19-degree Sioux Falls weather -- and held up a sign reading, "Obama is mocking our Constitution."
"I'm out here because I love this country," McDonnel said, "and I think our Forefathers were brilliant."
Johanna Barr, Kim Bellware, Jennifer Bendery, Janie Campbell, Matt Ferner, Ryan Grenoble, Kate Abbey-Lambertz, Grace Maalouf and Nico Pitney contributed reporting.
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