Submitted By Todd on March 10th at 12:50pm
Lindsay Graham is on the same team as President Obama on the issue of immigration reform. And the South Caroline Republican is not happy with how the quarterback is leading the team.
“At the end of the day, the president needs to step it up a little bit,” Graham told POLITICO on Tuesday. “One line in the State of the Union is not going to do it.”The president can't be serious about pursuing immigration reform - and the mere mention of it, it seems to me, makes it harder to pass health reform. If you're a nervous Democrat, you're just looking at the White House as your permanent enemy.
For the past six months, Graham and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — who meet with Obama at 3 p.m. Thursday — have worked on a reform framework. Their plan, which hasn’t been introduced yet, includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants (a liberal must-have) while sweetening the pot for moderates by proposing tough new safeguards, including a biometric national ID card for workers.Imagine the fight that would break out over the national ID card proposal, even without the tense environment that the illegal immigration issue already offers up. It will make health care look pleasant.
Graham said he wants a greater sense of direction to break the cycle of distrust that doomed comprehensive immigration reform during the Bush administration, despite the support of a Republican president and major party figures like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).Maybe Graham's just looking to help Obama in his quest to destroy the Democratic Party.
As with health care, the more the American people learn about an immigration reform proposal, the less they'll want it.