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Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images Joshua Roberts / Stringer via Getty Images On Tuesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made clear what actions he will take if Democrats attempt to put amnesty measures into a package.
Republicans have been discussing how Democrats might try to push through amnesty legislation. As KQED reported last week, “As part of their ambitious $3.5 trillion budget plan to support families and spur job growth, top Senate Democrats included an immigration reform provision that could potentially offer a pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants.”
Senator Tom Cotton tweeted about the reports last week, saying, “Conservatives need to focus on a critical fight that hasn’t gotten enough attention: the Democrats’ effort to stuff amnesty into a reconciliation bill.” 🚨Conservatives need to focus on a critical fight that hasn’t gotten enough attention: the Democrats’ effort to stuff amnesty into a reconciliation bill.
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— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) July 14, 2021
On Fox News’ “Hannity,” Graham discussed the issue of illegal immigration.
“If you have policies that incentivize illegal immigration, you’ll get more of it. If it’s policies that deter illegal immigration, you’ll get less. The dumbest idea in all of Washington would be to grant amnesty in an infrastructure bill without first securing the border,” Graham said.
“You would have an invasion beyond what you have today. If we legalized 100,000 people or a million people in the infrastructure bill, there would be a run on our border because everybody would get the message: They’re legalizing people in America. Let’s go and let’s go now,” he added.
“You have to secure the border before you grant one person legal status. If you don’t, you will lose control of America, of our sovereignty,” Graham went on.“If they put amnesty into [a] $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill — that’s got nothing to do with infrastructure, it’s big government, higher taxes-— but if they put amnesty in that bill, I would try to deny them a quorum to pass that bill,” he said.“To my Republican colleagues, what are we going to do if they load up the $3.5 trillion, really $5 […]
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