Here's what Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told TIME about the politics of immigration reform last month.
We need a bill because our immigration system is so broken. But politically, if the bill fails and Republicans are blamed in the eyes of the public for not being practical it makes it virtually impossible for us to win the White House in 2016.
Americans are more likely to fault Republicans than Democrats if the drive to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws crashes in Congress, according a new poll that offers fresh caution for the GOP.
The Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey asked people who they would most blame if Congress is unable to come to agreement on an immigration bill before its current term ends. It found that 44% of people would blame Republicans in Congress, while 14% would blame Democrats in Congress and 21% would principally blame President Barack Obama.
The divide was even starker among Hispanics. About half said they would mainly blame congressional Republicans, while just 6% would blame congressional Democrats.
That may be worrisome for Republicans who hope to do a better job of appealing to the growing bloc of Latino voters.
The problem for the GOP is the base is much closer to Steve King than Lindsey Graham when it comes to keeping out the brown people immigration reform.
Wingnut Iowa Rep. Steve King, or as Stephen Colbert calls him, the GOP's secret weapon to appeal to immigrants, just can't seem to shut his mouth with the hyperbolic insults on the topic of immigration, despite the GOP leadership finally having a belly full of him. Read more...
Hispanic Republican strategist Ana Navarro blasted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Sunday and suggested that he might want to "get some therapy for his melon fixation" after the congressman said that many undocumented immigrants had "calves the size of cantaloupes" because they were drug runners.
Rich Lowry and his buddy at the National Review, Bill Kristol were already pushing for Republicans to obstruct any immigration reform in a recent op-ed. Lowry upped the ante with a host of lies on this week's Meet the Press. Read more...