Monday, June 17, 2024

Graham suggests DACA fix should be tied to border funding

“Yes,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday — he wants full funding for President Trump’s long-promised border wall, however he suggested tying a DACA fix to wall funding.

“We will get wall money. We have got to do something with DACA. I think you marry those two up. But the worst thing we could do, in my view, is shut the government down and be blamed for it. The last time that happened under Schumer’s watch, it didn’t work out well for them. We will get wall money. It will most likely occur after September 30.”

Graham said Congress will have to deal with DACA because he believes the courts will overturn President Obama’s order; “But we got to deal with the people who are affected by it,” he continued.

Graham noted that so far, the House has appropriated $5 billion for the wall, while the Senate has come up with only $1.5 billion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week said funding for the border wall will wait until after the midterm election.

“We are still in favor of the wall,” McConnell told reporters. “We still want to get funding for the wall, but we think the best time to have that discussion is after the election.”