Senator Graham has been making a lot of threats lately. He threatened to derail immigration reform legislation if the Democrats decided to move forward on health care reform. He threatened to walk away from climate change legislation if the Democrats moved forward on immigration reform. He has publicly criticized the White House for not engaging in the immigration reform debate, not having their own bill, and not talking enough about the issue. Now that the Administration has paid heed to his comments and become actively involved by calling for immigration reform and proactively reaching out to Republican Senators on the issue, Graham is threatening to walk away from the immigration reform debate AND climate change legislation.
Immigration reform and climate change legislation are critically important for
Senator Graham and Senator Schumer have been working on immigration reform legislation for nearly a year - and in March released a framework of their legislation in the Washington Post - but it's clear now that Senator Graham has been slow-walking immigration reform. How else to explain yesterday's comments accusing Senate Democrats and the President of engaging in a 'cynical political ploy' for doing exactly as he asked and making immigration reform a priority? Senator Graham is trying to play two critical issues for the country against one another, but it won't work.
Now, more than ever,
Katherine Vargas (202) 641-5198