Lindsey Graham on Immigration

Quotes by Senator Lindsey Graham on Immigration

THEN
NOW


2015 - 2016
2017 - 2019

Lindsey Graham on Immigration Then
Lindsey Graham on The Wall Now


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Quotes by Senator Lindsey Graham on Immigration

THEN

2015 - 2016

Lindsey Graham on Immigration Then
“[Trump‘s immigration plan is] gibberish [and] nonsensical… I don’t think there’s 10 votes in the United States Senate for this plan. I promise you no Democrat’s going to vote for this, I certainly wouldn’t vote for it. You’re not going to get 11 million people out of this country. That’s just not practical, that’s going to kill the Republican Party. It’s self-deportation on steroids.”
- Aug 17, 2015

CNN, Aug 17, 2015
Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump's proposals are 'gibberish'

(retrieved 10/2/18)
“Donald Trump’s plan on immigration is stupid… His solution is just constitutionally flawed. It’s not practical.”
- Aug 25, 2015
“I think the wall Donald Trump is building is between us and Hispanics… He makes no sense.”
- Sept 2, 2015

MSNBC (via The Hill), Sept 2, 2015
Graham: Trump building a wall between GOP, Hispanics

(retrieved 10/2/18)
“When [Trump] said most illegal immigrants are rapists and drug dealers, they’re not sending our best, he took our problems in 2012 with Hispanics and made them far worse by espousing forced deportation… And when he said, ‘Let’s ban all Muslims from coming into our country,’ that’s the one that got me. You know, why? Because if you want to win the war on radical — against radical Islam, you need people within the faith. Ninety-nine percent of them reject radical Islam. But what Donald Trump did is he took a whole group of people and put them in one category. The very people we need to partner with, he’s excluded from our country. So that shows me he doesn’t understand the war.”
- March 7, 2016

CNN, March 7, 2016
Transcripts: The Situation Room - March 7, 2016

(retrieved 10/2/18)
“Here is why we’re losing the Hispanic vote. Nobody is going to listen to you about your economic plan or your ability to defend the nation if you’re going to deport their grandmother. I’m in the party of family values. And I like that. There are 11 million illegal immigrants; 60 percent have been here a decade. Many of them have American children, American citizen children and grandchildren. What do you think is going to happen to my Republican friends if our position is that we’re going to take the grandmother of an American citizen, member of the military who is illegal? How do we get that person to vote for us if we’re going to deport their grandmother, when all she’s done is violate the immigration laws?
“I can understand being frustrated with illegal immigration. But you’re not going to fix it by having a position like Mr. Trump that has no chance of getting through the Senate.
- March 20, 2016

CBS News, March 20, 2016
Face the Nation transcripts March 20, 2016: Kasich, Sanders, Graham

(retrieved 10/2/18)
“Eating a taco is probably not going to fix the problems that we have with Hispanics. I think embracing Donald Trump is embracing demographic death.
- May 6, 2016
“If you had told me in 2013 that by 2016 we’d be running on forced deportation and that Megyn Kelly was a bimbo. We got problems…
“To the Hispanic community, I get it why you don’t like us. I mean, who’s going to vote for somebody that’s gonna deport their grandmother?”
- May 10, 2016


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NOW

2017 - 2019

Lindsey Graham on Immigration Now
“[Trump has immigration overhaul] credibility no one else has.”
Oct 26, 2017 -

New York Times, Oct. 26, 2017
As Other Republican Senators Bolt, Lindsey Graham Cozies Up to Trump

(retrieved 10/2/18)
“When you make a promise to the American people, you should keep it. The one thing I like about President Trump ― he’s trying his best to keep his promise. He promised to build a wall, and he’s going to fight hard to keep that promise. After the caravan, if you don’t see the need for more border security, you’re blind… I’m glad he picked this fight.”
Dec 21, 2018 -
Speaker Pelosi‘s refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier — even if the government were to be reopened — virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier. It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier.”
Jan 10, 2019 -
Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on Wall/Barrier funding – even if the government were to be reopened – virtually ends congressional path to fund Wall/Barrier. Time for President @realDonaldTrump to use emergency powers to build Wall/Barrier.”

Mr. President, Declare a national emergency NOW. Build a wall NOW.”

“Good decision by President @realDonaldTrump to address the nation about the crisis at our southern border. Great opportunity to explain to the American people why we need more border security funding. The current situation at the border is indeed a national security crisis.”

“This [speech on building the wall] is the most presidential I have seen President Trump. It was compelling and everything he said was true… It is a crisis.”
Jan 8, 2019 -

Fox News (via Talking Points Memo), Jan 9, 2019
Graham Lauds Trump Speech: ‘The Most Presidential I’ve Seen’ Him

(retrieved 1/11/19)
quote starts at beginning

“Come February the 15th, if the Democrats still say: ‘Go to hell on the wall, you get a dollar, that’s it.’ They basically tell Trump, ‘I’m not going to do with you what I did with Bush and Obama,’ then I hope he will go the emergency route.”
Jan 25, 2019 -

Fox News (via Washington Examiner), Jan 25, 2019
Lindsey Graham wants Trump to declare national emergency if no border wall after three-week extension

(retrieved 2/18/19)


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