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GRAHAM’S STAND: Graham Breaks Tradition, Forces Vote on Asylum Bill Despite Dem Complaints

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.01.19

Senator Lindsey Graham bucked tradition Thursday; demanding a pivotal vote on his asylum legislation despite widespread opposition from Democratic lawmakers including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Mazie Hirono.

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein: ‘This is unprecedented.’ Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘No, it’s not.’ Sen. Lindsey Graham moves controversial asylum bill through panel; Democrats charge he’s broken the rules,” posted the Hill on social media.

Original Story: May 15, 2019

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.

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.

Read the full report at Fox News.

GRAHAM’S PLAN: Lindsey Graham Introduces New Immigration Bill, Plans to End Asylum at Border

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.15.19

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.

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.

Read the full report at Fox News.

IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL: The President Unveils His New Plan to Fix the Nation’s Broken Immigration System

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.16.19

President Trump unveiled his new proposal to fix the nation’s failing immigration system Thursday; announcing a revamped plan that would focus on permitting high-skilled workers instead of those with family ties in America.

“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said from the Rose Garden.

The proposal would create a point-based immigration system where applicants are graded on English proficiency, age, education, and potential job offers.

“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t really matter who that relative is,” Trump said.

The Commander-in-Chief said the revamped system would help recruit “top talent” from around the world.

“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”

“The average yearly wage of legal immigrants is approximately $43,000. Administration officials said Wednesday that immigrants admitted based on education and skills would have an average income of $126,000, and they would expect the average yearly wage of all immigrants to rise to roughly $96,000,” reports Fox News.

Trump’s plan comes just one day after Sen. Lindsey Graham unveiled his own proposal that would drastically overhaul the asylum-seeking process.

According to Graham, his legislation would end asylum-seekers from applying at the US-Mexico border; instead directing them to embassies and consulates throughout 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.”

Read the full report here.

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