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While addressing the media, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), likely the next Senate Majority Leader, warned President Obama that it would be a "mistake" to take unilateral action on immigration.

Senator McConnell said that he spoke with President Obama and indicated that he believed that Democrats and Republicans could find common ground on areas like "trade agreements and rewriting the tax code". However, Senator McConnell also said that any executive action on immigration would "only antagonize Republicans". The senator did stop short of saying if he would take action to block the president's executive actions.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) did promise to block executive amnesty in the Senate. In a letter sent to current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, co-signed by Senators Mike Crapo, Mike Lee, Pat Roberts, Jeff Sessions, and David Vitter, Senator Cruz offers "full assistance in ensuring expeditious Senate debate and passage" of a bill that would block any executive action.

Senator Cruz also indicated that if Senator Reid should not act to stop the President's executive action "the undersigned Senators will use all procedural means necessary to return the Senate's focus during the lame duck session to resolving the constitutional crisis created by President Obama's lawless amnesty".

Watch Senator McConnell's full news conference

Read Senator Cruz's letter to Senator Reid

Updated: Wed, Nov 19th 2014 @ 5:15pm EST