Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘There Will Be No Immigration Reform’ Because of Border Crisis

By Melanie Arter | July 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday said there will be no immigration reform because of the border crisis.

“There will be no money for supplemental without changes in the 2008 law. We have to streamline and quicken deportations. There'll be no immigration reform because of the crisis on the border,” said Graham.



According to Customs and Border Protection, 57,525 unaccompanied illegal minors have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in FY 2014 – an increase of 106 percent compared to FY2013.

Host David Gregory asked Graham if the GOP was prepared to move with President Barack Obama on immigration reform.

“Senator, the crisis on the border, immigration reform. This is an international problem. But it's also a big political issue, as well. Is your party prepared to move with the president on this?” Gregory asked.

Graham signaled that Republicans would block supplemental legislation to address the border crisis if the president does not speed up deportations. He also said the GOP must get immigration reform right next year or they won’t have a chance of winning the White House in 2016.

“I blame Obama for this moment. But in 2015, if we start over, and the Republican Party doesn't get immigration reform right in 2015 and the House should lead, not the Senate, our chances in 2016 of winning the White House are very low,” Graham said.

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