Sen. Lindsey Graham warned President Donald Trump against a border wall deal proposed by Democrats which would only be “incentivizing more illegal immigration.”
The South Carolina Republican spoke with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo about Democrats’ condition for border wall funding that included a limit on the number of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention beds, saying he did not think the president would sign the bill.
“Well no he can’t sign such a bill and I don’t know if that’s 100 percent accurate, but I think that’s the impasse we have,” he said on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“They’re willing to give the president a little more money for the wall but in return, they want to limit the number of bed spaces available to house violent criminals. This goes back to AOC’s belief that ICE should be abolished,” he added, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who spoke last week about defunding ICE while declaring the lie that Trump “does not like any form of immigration.”
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) calls for ICE to be completely defunded
Earlier this week, an illegal alien MS-13 gang member, who had 12 prior arrests, allegedly murdered someone on a subway in Ocasio-Cortez’s district. pic.twitter.com/aNNyxbXUjX
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“So the bottom line is how can you get money for a wall and at the same time, limit bed spaces for violent offenders and say you’ve solved the immigration problem?” Graham asked Bartiromo on Sunday.
“You’re actually incentivizing more illegal immigration by reducing the bed space and it undercuts any money you would get for a wall,” he explained. “He can’t sign that bill. If that’s the friction point, then we’ll have a continuing resolution and we’ll just keep talking.”
As talks between Democrats and Republicans on funding the border wall have hit an impasse with Trump asking for $5.7 billion, while Democratic lawmakers are more inclined to between $1.3 billion and $2 billion, another government shutdown looms as the race continues to fund the government past Feb. 15.
“It seems to be the trade-off is that we will give you a little more wall money if you will reduce the number of bed spaces available to hold people in detention, so that they don’t roam around the country, committing havoc,” Graham said.
“What kind of a trade-off is that? So I would advise the president to take somewhere near $2 billion for the wall, sign a bill that would give you that much money, as a down payment, and find the rest of the money on your own, declare a national emergency, if necessary, to get the rest of the funding to build the wall that we desperately need,” the GOP senator added.
White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” that the president’s requested security barrier, or wall, along the southern U.S. border will be built “with or without Congress.”