DailyCaller: Lindsey Graham Reaching Out To Gang Of 8 Members For Bill To Block Deportations For Youths
WASHINGTON — South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed Thursday he is in the process of reaching out to former “Gang of Eight” members to help him craft legislation that would protect immigrants who illegally entered the country as children from deportation.
Graham and other Gang of Eight members — Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, and Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet — crafted immigration legislation in 2013 that passed the Senate but was never taken up for a vote in the House.
Graham wants to replace President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order that deferred deportation for about 750,000 young illegal immigrants and allowed them to get work permits.
“I hope members of Congress will say, ‘Listen, if we repeal the executive order the right thing to do — the thing that will make America great — is to deal with these kids humanely and fix this problem comprehensively,’” he told reporters.