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Rep. Lankford: Two Parties Must Work Together

By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 10:23 AM

Lawmakers will have difficulty getting much accomplished if President Barack Obama doesn't want to work with Congress, Sen.-elect James Lankford told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican congressman, said Republicans and Democrats "should step up and say we have a constitutional responsibility" to follow the rule of law if the president decided he was going to act on an issue, such as changes to the immigration system, without going through Congress.

"The president just can't declare what he wants to do. So, let's sit down, and let's do the work together. If he says 'We're not going to work with Congress' from the White House, then we have a real hard time actually trying to get something done," Lankford said Thursday.

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The message from voters in the midterm elections was telling lawmakers, "Let's re-engage. Let's actually do legislation again. Let's actually do appropriation bills again," Lankford said, adding that Congress could consider changes to immigration laws that enjoyed bipartisan support.

"In the Republican House, we passed bills, for instance, about high-skilled work visas. That's an area where we have wide bipartisan support. We have a lot of support on security issues. Let's work on those things where we have support on, and let's start the process," he said.

Two years ago, in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama authorized the Department of Homeland Security to use discretion toward people who immigrated to the U.S. as children, and has promised to use executive action again to reduce deportations and grant work permits for immigrants.

Lankford attributed the deferred action to last summer's surge of thousands of illegal minors who crossed the southern U.S. border, and said "there's no question" Obama's pledge on immigration would encourage more minors to try to enter the country illegally.

"I went down to Central America, visited with leaders in Honduras and El Salvador and Guatemala, and asked them about what caused this rapid increase.

"I heard over and over again, when the United States did the deferred action for minors, the coyotes and everyone took advantage of that, and said now is the time to be able to come to the United States. And, it spurred that," he said.

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