Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Senator Lindsey Graham Strongly Denounces Self Deportation as an Immigration Goal


Conor Friedersdorf in The Atlantic has an interesting article on presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and his common sense -- and humane -- views on immigration. Senator Graham, who in the past has supported comprehensive immigration reform with a path to legalization, criticized fellow Republicans in an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival that focused on immigration. Some of his rivals in the race for the GOP nomination have said “mean” things on that subject, he argued, casting immigration restrictionists as political liabilities who share the blame for his party’s loss in 2012 election.

“When I was 21 my mom died,” he said. “When I was 22 my dad died. Neither one of my parents finished high school. We owned a liquor store, a bar, and a pool room. That's why I'm well-qualified to be president. My family was destroyed by illness. I will not destroy families just for the hell of it. And that's what self-deportation is.” (emphasis added).

Senator Graham is distinguishing himself from the other Republican presidential candidates, such as Chris Christie, Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal et al. who generally speaking oppose a path to legalization and call for greater immigration enforcement. 


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