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Bad News: Lindsey Graham Wants Election Year Immigration Bill

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Senator Lindsey Graham reminds us of what CHQ Chairman Richard A Viguerie once said about former Senator Oren Hatch: “You never know whether the good Oren or the bad Oren is going to show up.”

And the same could certainly be said of Senator Graham. You never know whether the good Lindsey who blasted through the avalanche of Democrat lies and slander to save the Brett Kavanaugh nomination will show up or if the bad open borders amnesty for illegal aliens Lindsey Graham will surface to torpedo President Trump’s reelection.

But right now, it looks like the bad Senator Graham has surfaced to propose another “Grahamnesty” for illegal aliens.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw reported that Graham was setting up a White House meeting with President Trump to discuss possible immigration measures in case the Supreme Court strikes down Obama’s extra-constitutional actions shielding illegal immigrants from deportation.

Ostensibly they are to discuss what would happen should the top court strike down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, a source familiar with the negotiations told Mr. Shaw. A decision on DACA is expected in June. The Republicans are said to include Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.; Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Martha McSally, R-Ariz.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Thom Tillis, R-N.C. and David Perdue, R-Ga.

"Just to see, you know, where we are in terms of the DACA Supreme Court case, [there's a] pretty good chance that the president will win, being able to set aside the Obama-era DACA regulations and what's the play after that," Sen. Graham told Fox News.

A source told Fox News that a comprehensive immigration reform deal was to be discussed, but a Graham spokesman pushed back, saying that the meeting is to discuss DACA, and comprehensive immigration reform was just one of a broad range of topics that could potentially be discussed.

A spokesman for Lee confirmed to Fox News that the senator had been invited to the White House to talk immigration, but that he hadn't heard anything about a deal for Dreamers. The offices of Sens. Johnson and Cramer also confirmed their attendance at the meeting reported Mr. Shaw.

In any discussion of “comprehensive immigration reform” we have a lot of confidence that Senators Cotton and Cruz will defend American sovereignty and the rule of law, not so much confidence in Graham, Tillis and some of the others.

As Mr. Shaw reported, President Trump vowed during his 2016 campaign to end DACA but has also said he is open to a broader bill that would allow those affected -- young illegal aliens dubbed “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children -- to stay as part of broader immigration plan that sees funding for border security in exchange for a "pathway to citizenship" as well as expansion of visas and green cards. Even as Republicans fight DACA in court, Mr. Shaw claims there is some bipartisan appetite for finding a legislative way to protect Dreamers, considering that in many cases the decision to illegally enter the U.S. was not their own.

This whole effort is driven by the nonsense argument that an immigration pact, particularly one that succeeds by picking up Democratic support, could boost the president’s image among moderates as a “deal-maker” who can get things done where others have failed.

The idea that giving amnesty to illegal aliens, no matter how tear-jerkingly their case is presented, will net the President more votes than he loses to those who oppose special treatment for any class of illegal aliens, shows just how out of touch Graham and the amnesty crowd in the White House are with Trump’s base voters.

What’s more Americans don’t want more immigration: The Gallup Organization found 57 percent of Americans are “Somewhat dissatisfied” or “Very dissatisfied” with the current level of immigration to the country, and 54 percent worry about the effect of illegal immigration on the country.

As Mr. Shaw noted in his report, Trump has racked up a series of wins at the border, securing funding for the wall, and dramatically reducing border crossings by implementing international agreements with neighboring countries. But there remains in some pro-Trump circles a sneaking suspicion that a betrayal on so-called amnesty for illegal immigrants is just around the corner, considering Senator Graham’s role in the negotiations and the hefty appetite in Washington D.C. for a deal.

We urge CHQ readers and friends to call the White House at 202-456-1111 or use this link to email the White House to let President Trump know that any immigration deal that includes amnesty for illegal aliens will lose him more votes than it gains him and torpedo his chances for reelection.

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