Opinion| With John McCain no longer pulling his strings, Republican Lindsey Graham is like a new puppet, er person.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the South Carolina Senator was a member of the “Gang of Eight” senators who took it upon themselves to craft a gawd-awful immigration bill that had funding for everything except a border wall.
According to Center for Immigration Studies, if that amnesty bill, that was proposed by Senators Chuck Schumer (NY-D) and Marco Rubio (FL-R) passed, tens of thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions would’ve automatically become full-fledged United States citizens.
In 2013, Kenneth Palinkas, then president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, issued a statement that his union was officially opposed to amnesty bill.
That statement read, in part:
“The USCIS Council was not consulted in the crafting of the Gang of Eight’s legislation. Instead, the legislation was written with special interests, producing a bill that makes the current system worse, not better. S. 744 will damage public safety and national security and should be opposed by lawmakers.”
Fast forward to today. The leader of the four Republican members of the G of 8, Arizona Senator John McCain is dead. That forced Graham to find a new ‘daddy’ or to strike out on his own.
Either way, his recent interview with Fox News’ Shannon Bream was sufficiently combative against one-time G of 8 partner Chuck Schumer to give us hope that Graham has flipped and is now fully aligned with President Trump on immigration:
“Number one, when you make a promise to the American people, you should keep it,”
“The one thing I like about President Trump, he is trying his best to keep his promise. He promised to build a wall, and he is going to fight hard to keep that promise. After the caravan, if you don’t see the need for more border security, you’re blind.
“Now here’s the problem: I think Democrats hate Trump so much they want him to lose, even though it would be good for the country to work with him on border security. And if he doesn’t break ’em now, it’s going to be a terrible 2019. So Mr. President, dig in.”
“I don’t think I am thought of up here is some radical guy, but if you don’t see the need for more border security, then you are just not paying attention.
“The president of the United States is right to want more money to secure our borders, to build the wall as part of border security. Democrats are wrong to act like children, to say you can’t get a penny more.”
“If they are not willing to work with the president, I think they are going to hear it from the American people in 2020,” Graham said.
“I will tell you how it ends. President Trump is going to get more money for the border.”
Graham is right about Trump winning. In fact the longer this goes on the less the president will need to offer in return to get a deal.
Remember that Trump offered a comprehensive border security plan that included DACA amnesty and a wall back in October of 2017.
Pelosi and Schumer scoffed at the plan because they don’t want the border secured. They rejected the president’s overtures effectively giving the middle finger to the DACA recipients they claim to care so much about.
Now they’re acting in bad faith. They’ve already signed on to a bill funding $1.6B to build the wall and, after the president made his offer, they pulled back to $1.3B.
Trump is asking for approximately a half-cent for each dollar being allocated in this spending bill for the single issue that got him elected.
Schumer and the Democrats are redefining childishness. If compromise is the goal in these kind of negotiations, it’s the Dems that are being intransigent.
Democrats and RINO’s can blame President Trump’s stance on talk radio from now until the cows come home but only a mind-numb fool won’t remember every Trump campaign rally where spontaneous chants of “Build the Wall” reached crescendo levels.
On the other hand, President Trump will be able to run commercials, if he chooses, that show a slew of Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton, calling for a wall before Trump ever even announced his candidacy.
In fact, many on them, including Schumer previously voted to fund 700 miles of the wall.
The Angel Moms, who lost their children to illegal alien criminals always make for emotionally moving viewing as well.
And then there are the statistics; opioid deaths, heroine deaths, fentanyl deaths. And at least $135B annually that illegal aliens cost the American taxpayers in social services, police and fire protection, education, etc. And, lost jobs for American citizens.
Frankly, $25B would pay for the wall from the Gulf to the Pacific. Trump says the wall would pay for itself in a couple of months.
Graham is right; For Schumer and the Dems, this is about handing President Trump a loss at any cost. If that is also a huge loss for the Americans who pay their salaries as well.
But then Pelosi has already warned us that we’d be collateral damage.