Graham: If Congress Fails on Immigration Reform, Trump's Presidency Will Be 'Biggest Loser'
Senators on Thursday blocked four different proposals dealing with immigration reform after President Trump slammed one plan as “a total catastrophe.”
Before the procedural votes, Trump stated his support for a proposal authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and slammed a plan drawn up by a bipartisan “Gang of 22” that would grant a 10-12 year path to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Trump objected to the bill’s failure to address so-called “chain migration” -- by which immigrants can sponsor a broad number of relatives to come join them in the U.S. The bill also would not end the visa lottery system, which allows 55,000 immigrants into the country each year and has been dogged by accusations of fraud and abuse.
...lottery, continues deadly catch-and-release, and bars enforcement even for FUTURE illegal immigrants. Voting for this amendment would be a vote AGAINST law enforcement, and a vote FOR open borders. If Dems are actually serious about DACA, they should support the Grassley bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who supported the bipartisan bill, said it was a "crash and burn experience," calling on Trump to work with Congress to achieve immigration reform.
The only way forward is for President Trump to grab the reins and lead us to a solution.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 15, 2018
"There's a deal to be had there, President Trump, just you need to lead us to that deal," Graham said. "You need to understand that there's nobody better to do this than you."
"But to the administration: if you continue this attack on everything and everybody and make it a political exercise, we're doomed to fail, and it is President Trump's presidency that will be the biggest loser."
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