Graham Suggests DACA/Wall Funding Deal: 'I Think You Marry Those Two Up'

By Susan Jones | September 10, 2018 | 7:24am EDT
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced their DREAM Act in July 2017. It would put many childhood arrivals (DACA enrollees) on a pathway to citizenship. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - "Yes," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday -- he wants full funding for President Trump's long-promised border wall.

"I one-hundred-percent want $25 billion, not $5 billion," Graham told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo. 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 (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) because he believes the courts will overturn President Obama's "illegal" DACA order.

"But we got to deal with the people who are affected by it," he continued.

"So when it comes to running the government, we're about to pass the defense bill and the Labor HHS bill, which is about 70 percent of funding for the federal government. If we can pull that off the next couple of weeks, it will be the first time we have done that in 30 years. And our military will get a pay raise and the equipment they need to keep us safe. That would be a huge accomplishment on President Trump's watch," Graham said.

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."

Graham, an early proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, has co-sponsored a DREAM Act with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)


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