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Thom Tillis: Obama's Immigration Order Will Hinder Reform Efforts

By    |   Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:48 PM

President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will set back reform efforts, North Carolina Republican Sen.-Elect Thom Tillis said Sunday, noting what should be done "first and foremost is seal the border."

"I'm afraid that the president's unilateral action is going to set us back," Tillis told NBC "Face the Nation" correspondent Norah O'Donnell. "I believe what we should do first and foremost is seal the border. The Republicans and Democrats have both failed on this issue ... I don't think we've stabilized the problem by taking credible steps to seal the border."

After that is accomplished, Tillis said, then it's time to "discuss what we do with the population who is illegally present."

Tillis was elected after one of the most expensive Senate races in the country, taking office after more than $100 million was spent in the race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagen. He believes his constituents got a candidate who will work to "get Washington functioning again."

"I think what they got is a chance to see different leadership try to get things done in Washington," Tillis told O'Donnell. And that will happen by "working across the aisle" to get the nation's economy working again and to help alleviate residents' concerns about their state and security.

"I think the American people did not give Republicans a mandate," said O'Donnell. "They gave us a chance to lead, I'm glad to be part of that."

Meanwhile, Tillis said his state has seen many manufacturing jobs go overseas, and "we've seen our economies not quite get back on track in terms of job creation."

Tillis went on to discuss the ongoing situation with the Islamic State, saying that as a "show of good faith" from the president, it would be wise to find an opportunity to come together on an agreement when it comes to ISIS.

He said he would support a use of force authorization from the President, and believes an agreement between the new Republican-controlled Congress would give lawmakers "more confidence they're part of the process."

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