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Graham: GOP must pony up emergency border funds or take blame
The Hill ^ | July 9 2014 | Mike Lillis and Bernie Becker

Posted on 07/09/2014 1:04:20 PM PDT by PoloSec

Republicans will take the political fall if they don't provide emergency funds to address the immigrant crisis at the southern border, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Wednesday.

A number of conservatives on Capitol Hill are pushing back hard against President Obama's request for almost $4 billion to manage the spike of immigrants — thousands of them unaccompanied minors — that's hit the Texas-Mexico border in recent months.

But Graham, a long-time supporter of an immigration system overhaul, said a failure to provide the funds will exacerbate the crisis while handing Obama and the Democrats a political victory ahead of November's midterm elections.

"If we do that, then we’re going to get blamed for perpetuating the problem," Graham told reporters on Wednesday.

Graham said he needs to take a deeper look at Obama's proposal before weighing in on the $3.7 billion package, adding that he wasn't ready yet to get behind any specific policy changes. But he promoted the idea of Democrats and Republicans coming together to approve new funding and to make policy changes that could streamline the deportation process.

"There will be some Republicans who will probably never give in at all," Graham said, adding that some liberals would likely never approve any policy changes.

On Tuesday, the Obama administration requested $3.7 billion to address the wave of immigrants that's overwhelmed the border, flooding detention centers, clogging immigration courts and swamping local governments attempting to manage the tens of thousands of new arrivals.

Obama's proposal includes $1.8 billion for the Health and Human Services Department to provide "appropriate care" for the migrants; $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security to beef up its border presence; $300 million for the State Department to help stabilize the Central American countries from which many migrants originate; and $64 million for the Justice Department to hire more immigration judges and asylum lawyers.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for a quick approval of the package, but a number of conservative Republicans are balking. Some of those critics are wary that Obama hasn't offset the costs with changes elsewhere in the budget; others oppose spending so much on processing versus deterrent efforts; and still others are questioning the need for Congress to intervene at all.

“I think it’s a charade," Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said Wednesday. "I think the president has set it up to make it look as though the only reason he’s not enforcing the border is that he doesn’t have the money, and that’s not accurate."

Graham emphasized that any policy changes must address the underlying problems, not just treat the symptoms once the immigrants arrive. But for Republicans to do nothing, he cautioned, would be a mistake.

"Money is necessary because it truly is an emergency. Our capacity is being overwhelmed here," Graham said. "But if you don’t address the root cause of the problem, you really accomplish nothing other than throw money at it."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: grahamnesty; moneymoneymoney; obama; rino
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1 posted on 07/09/2014 1:04:20 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

WTF?


2 posted on 07/09/2014 1:04:50 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: PoloSec

Congress needs to vote no.


3 posted on 07/09/2014 1:04:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: PoloSec

I wish I could vote against Linda.


4 posted on 07/09/2014 1:05:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: PoloSec

NO!


5 posted on 07/09/2014 1:05:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: rdcbn

Got past his primary challenge...back to being a Democrat.


6 posted on 07/09/2014 1:05:57 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: PoloSec

Somebody send this faggot to Guatemala already.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 1:06:11 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: PoloSec

Blow the dust off YOUR checkbook, Lindsey.


8 posted on 07/09/2014 1:06:23 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: PoloSec
This is nuts. Obama is asking for 4 billion MORE to do nothing more than what the government was supposed to have been doing all along and what they used to do for far less money - patrol the border and provide inland enforcement of our immigration laws.

Maybe the good senator can explain exactly how this additional money will be used?

9 posted on 07/09/2014 1:06:47 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: PoloSec

10 posted on 07/09/2014 1:07:24 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: PoloSec

This senator truly does not know the meaning of the word, ‘cajones’.

So we are going to reward Odumbo and the democrats for having created this disaster?


11 posted on 07/09/2014 1:07:26 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: PoloSec

Better to take the blame for doing the right thing than to do the wrong thing and take the blame anyway.


12 posted on 07/09/2014 1:07:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: skeeter

Essentially, Obama causes the problem and then asks for $4B to fix it—which he won’t do, ultimately. And Grahamnesty takes his back all the way.


13 posted on 07/09/2014 1:08:09 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: PoloSec

14 posted on 07/09/2014 1:08:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: PoloSec

OMG. Is there no way to silence this POS? S Carolina!! WTF?


15 posted on 07/09/2014 1:08:19 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: PoloSec

McStooge’s hand puppet chimes in on cue.


16 posted on 07/09/2014 1:08:25 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 5thGenTexan

Yup


17 posted on 07/09/2014 1:08:48 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: PoloSec

*sshole, Graham!


18 posted on 07/09/2014 1:08:53 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: PoloSec

K C U F YOU!!!

Landmine the border.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 1:09:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: PoloSec

South Carolina, please get rid of this moron —


20 posted on 07/09/2014 1:09:17 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: PoloSec

Hey Lindsey! Tell your messiah and his ‘RAT comrades to “pony up” the money THEY need. Better yet, Barry is good at fundraisers. He can do fundraisers to raise the money needed to take care of his “children”. Or! They can take it out of the foreign aid we send to Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Ecuador. Obviously, THEY don’t need any aid anymore. All of their poor population has come here to Barry’s “fundamentally transformed” America.


21 posted on 07/09/2014 1:09:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: PoloSec
Principal Stupid of the Stupid Party--I give you Lindsey Grahamnasty.

Time to clean house.

22 posted on 07/09/2014 1:09:46 PM PDT by nonsporting
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To: PoloSec
How much you wanna bet that “light-in-the-loafers” Lindsey and the rest of the establishments pro-amnesty crowd's plan is turn this budget request into a “must pass” piece of legislation, then try to tack the Senate amnesty bill onto it at the last minute?
23 posted on 07/09/2014 1:09:47 PM PDT by apillar
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To: PoloSec

Hot Flashes Linda? Really thought you had gone through the change already....


24 posted on 07/09/2014 1:10:08 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: skeeter
Maybe the good senator can explain exactly how this additional money will be used?

That would be racist...
25 posted on 07/09/2014 1:10:12 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: PoloSec

“If we do that, then we’re going to get blamed for perpetuating the problem “

Well RINO Graham, spending the taxpayer’s money so that you don’t get blamed (ie political purposes) is not the thing to do. Jerk...


26 posted on 07/09/2014 1:10:14 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: PoloSec

I have trouble with Grahamnesty’s version of reality. It’s like shooting someone on the street and telling a bystander that if he doesn’t pay for the victim to be taken to the hospital, he’ll be guilty of murder.

In a sane society, Lindsey Graham would be taken to an insane asylum and Barack Obama would be impeached.

In a sane country.


27 posted on 07/09/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: PoloSec

Call your fools on The Hill. Tell them to just say, NO!


28 posted on 07/09/2014 1:10:55 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: PoloSec

So he admits he hasn’t read the proposal ( need to take a deeper look comment) but demands the GOP support it?

He’s facing a general election independent challenge by a guy who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute, right? I think I may have just found the scenario where I could actually support a candidate with a background like that.


29 posted on 07/09/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: PoloSec

Tell you what, Linda. $100 million to start. Then an additional $10 million for every 1000 deportations.


30 posted on 07/09/2014 1:11:05 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: PoloSec

As usual Lindsey throws his party under the bus!


31 posted on 07/09/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT by Leofl (I'm from Texas, we don't dial 9-11)
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To: PoloSec

L’il Lindsey is a member of the other team still, and always.


32 posted on 07/09/2014 1:11:40 PM PDT by rockinqsranch
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To: PoloSec

So Linda supports giving Obama the money he wants to import and regularize the invaders. This funding will be used to bring in even more illegals and salt them around the country for the November election IMO.


33 posted on 07/09/2014 1:12:15 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: tanknetter

“So he admits he hasn’t read the proposal ( need to take a deeper look comment) but demands the GOP support it?”

Hey, it worked for Nazi Pelosi. You’ve got to pass the bill to find out what’s in it!


34 posted on 07/09/2014 1:13:12 PM PDT by Cato in PA (Resist!)
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To: PoloSec

Hey Lindsey. Why don’t you morons just do what your messiah does? Blame it all on Bush. It works every time with the idiots living in this country. Low I.Q.s don’t you know.


35 posted on 07/09/2014 1:13:38 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: PoloSec

I got an idea.
Vote enough money for bus tickets and a some brown-bag lunches and send them back.


36 posted on 07/09/2014 1:14:17 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Cato in PA

That’s really what he’s saying, isn’t it?

Thanks for pointing that out. Great analogy.


37 posted on 07/09/2014 1:14:43 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: PoloSec

NO NO A THOUSAND TIMES NO.

The ONLY money that should be given to any of the fed agencies involved should be used for (a) REAL border patrol and (b) deportation.

That is it.


38 posted on 07/09/2014 1:15:08 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: PoloSec

The GOP should be blamed for not doing something about this a long time ago. Piss off, Graham.


39 posted on 07/09/2014 1:16:14 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: PoloSec

If Congress doesn’t fund they look like the “bad guy”

Alternatively, if Congress had called for troops to the border and Obama didn’t send them Obama would look like the “bad guy”

Republicans yet again fail to SET THE AGENDA and instead respond to the agenda of others. They are betas.

Now comes Graham pushing Obama’s agenda, making Congress look like the “bad guy”. This Is The Uniparty In Action


40 posted on 07/09/2014 1:17:51 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: PoloSec

Little is being said about actually improving border security, even from Repubicans. They shouldn’t give Obama a penny without some immediate shoring up along the border, such as thousands of National Guard troops.


41 posted on 07/09/2014 1:19:22 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Ray76

It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.

We have McCain saying the conditions aren’t good enough, I guess they should all be awarded brick houses on cul-de-sacs with full time maids or something


42 posted on 07/09/2014 1:19:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Will88

The GOPE doesn’t want real border security either


43 posted on 07/09/2014 1:20:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: PoloSec

FLASHBACK:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/06/18/Rubio-McCain-Graham-Flake-join-Dems-to-kill-border-security-fence

18 Jun 2013

GANG OF EIGHT REPUBLICANS JOIN SENATE DEMS TO KILL BORDER SECURITY FENCE

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), the four “Gang of Eight” GOP senators, joined Senate Democrats on Tuesday to kill an amendment to their immigration bill that would have required a double-layered fence to be built along the U.S. border with Mexico.


44 posted on 07/09/2014 1:23:29 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Little Ray

And spend the money needed to build an effective fence/barrier while you are at it.


45 posted on 07/09/2014 1:23:44 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: PoloSec

Tell him to take it from the EPA, IRS, NSA, CIA, DHS, Justice department budgets as well as all the foreign aide going to Palestinian terrorists.


46 posted on 07/09/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: PoloSec

Here comes the surrender.

Obama doesn’t need his pen & phone cause Boehner/Mcconnell will do whatever he wants.


47 posted on 07/09/2014 1:24:31 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: PoloSec

My prediction:

Linseed will ‘officially’ switch parties before the 2016 election.

This will be so he can jockey for position in Hillary’s cabinet, after the GOPe gives us Ronney as the nominee for the 2nd time....

We are so screwed it ain’t funny.


48 posted on 07/09/2014 1:27:01 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: PoloSec

What’s another $3.7 billion down another Obama rathole when you’ve secured your primary in a state obviously overflowing with morons?


49 posted on 07/09/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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“But if you don’t address the root cause of the problem, you really accomplish nothing other than throw money at it.”

The “root cause of the problem” is sitting in the White Hut. Throw the mongrel out, problem solved.


50 posted on 07/09/2014 1:32:07 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 1 Cor. 13, V.36)
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