Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lindsey Graham: Border Security Bill May Include DEMOCRATIC Priorities

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Sen. Lindsey Graham will introduce a border security bill on Wednesday and is signaling he may agree to unstated Democratic immigration priorities.
“I want to start a debate on how to fix this problem before it just swamps the border … and I’m willing to do things that Democrats want to close these loopholes,” Graham said Sunday on Fox News.
Democratic leaders have made clear for more than two years that they want a no-strings amnesty for at least three million illegals. They have also called for changes in asylum rules to aid migrants living in Central American countries and for faster processing of asylum claims.
While offering unnamed concessions to Democrats, Graham also noted the 2020 election might force Democrats to help enforce the border laws:
We’re going to have a vote, have a hearing and vote in [the] judiciary [committee]. It will be a huge issue in 2020. President Trump is trying to fix a perfect storm of illegal immigration coming from Central America. The Democrats are going to do one of two things — work with us to find a bipartisan solution [or] ignore the problem, and if they ignore the problem, it is going to help Trump. If they work with us, it helps the whole country.
But the GOP should not offer gifts to Democrats to get them to help protect the nation’s borders, said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “Democrats are holding America’s border security hostage because everybody knows what the needed changes are and those measures were in the broader bill that failed last year, but the Democrats … just said ‘Drop dead,'” added Krikorian.
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