Sen. Lindsey Graham unveiled a new immigration proposal Wednesday that aims to end Central American asylum claims at the US-Mexico border and return unaccompanied children to their home countries.
“Graham’s bill is designed specifically to deal with loopholes he says are encouraging migrants from Central America to make the treacherous journey north and bring children with them. He pointed in particular to the 20-day limit for authorities to hold unaccompanied minors and families before having to release them into the U.S. homeland,” reports Fox News.
“This is a nightmare for smugglers,” Graham said. “This is a godsend to stop the humanitarian disaster.”
“The word is out on the street in Central America if you bring a minor child with you, your chance of being deported goes to almost zero, your hearing date is years away and we release you inside the country and that’s the goal of coming,” he said.
Lindsey Graham displays poster on new legislation:
– Asylum must be filed in country of origin or Mexico
– Treat Central American unaccompanied minors like those from Canada, Mexico
– Families held together up to 100 days
– 500 new immigration judgeshttps://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5 pic.twitter.com/oQ6Tvhpq16
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 15, 2019
The new legislation would end asylum claims at the US border but would permit individuals to request asylum at US embassies and consulates across Central America.
“If we do these four things, then the incentives created by our laws will cease to exist, this humanitarian disaster will begin to repair itself and I am willing to sit down with Democrats and find a way to address the underlying problem in Central America,” said Graham. “I am willing to put other immigration ideas on the table to marry up with this but what I am not willing to do is ignore this problem any longer.”
Sen. Graham was a key supporter of President Trump’s declaration of a “national emergency” at the border just months ago.
“These policies make it more likely that terrorists, drug dealers, and criminals can come to America and have a safe haven… Democrats are for border security, except when Trump’s president. I’ve seen them in action. They won’t give a dime to this president because they want him to fail,” Graham told Sean Hannity last January.
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GRAHAM ON FIRE: Graham Says Trump ‘Sticking to his GUNS’ on Border Wall, Slams ‘Liberal Arrogance’
Senator Lindsey Graham praised President Trump’s fiery exchange with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer this week; saying the Commander-in-Chief was “sticking to his guns” on border security.
The outspoken legislator vowed to fight “liberal arrogance” surrounding immigration Tuesday afternoon; urging fellow lawmakers to “take it on, stare it down” and “see what happens.”
Complaining Pelosi will not accept a DACA deal for wall money, Graham said: “This is liberal arrogance and I have had enough of it. Take it on, stare it down. See what happens.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 11, 2018
Great job sticking to your guns on border security, Mr. President!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 11, 2018
Graham urged Republicans to “dig in” following the President’s press conference with Democratic leadership, saying “Put DACA on the table and make them say NO to the Wall and DACA.”
GRAHAM ON FIRE: Media Using ‘Migrant Caravan’ to Frame Trump as ‘Cruel, Heartless Bastard’
Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped by ‘Hannity’ Tuesday night to weigh-in on the media’s blatant double-standard when it comes to border security; saying when President Obama uses tear gas it’s to “protect the country” but when President Trump uses tear gas he’s a “cruel, heartless bastard.”
“You see these statistics from the Obama years and all the times they used tear gas: Do you remember any reports, any hysteria from the media about that?” asked Hannity.
“How long does it take to figure this out? When it comes to Obama, when he uses tear gas it’s to protect the country. The narrative is that Trump is a cruel, heartless bastard that uses tear gas on kids. When the Obama administration uses tear gas it’s to protect our country from being overrun,” said Graham.
Watch Sen. Lindsey Graham on ‘Hannity’ above.