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Lindsey Graham: Dems 'Can't Have It Both Ways' on Immigration Reform

Lindsey Graham: Dems 'Can't Have It Both Ways' on Immigration Reform
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By    |   Thursday, 22 August 2019 07:52 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says Democrats can’t “have it both ways” on immigration reform in response to opposition to President Donald Trump’s plan to work around the Flores Settlement Agreement.

“They object to immigrant family separation because minors can only be held by [the Department of Homeland Security] for 20 days,” he tweeted Thursday. “But when [President Donald] Trump tries to keep families together for a period of time to adjudicate claims, they also object.”

The Flores Settlement Agreement limits how long the U.S. government can detain minors with their parents. The Trump administration on Wednesday announced it was ending the agreement, which required the U.S. government to keep migrant kids in the least restrictive setting possible.

Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, have spoken out against the rule change.

"How does detaining families longer make our border secure or stop transnational gangs — things the DHS should actually be spending their time doing?" Harris asked on Twitter. "It doesn't."

Said Warren: "The Flores agreement mandates that migrant children cannot be held in detention for more than 20 days," she wrote on Twitter, "Today, the Trump administration announced its plans to roll back Flores—putting thousands of children in danger. We must fight this."

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says Democrats can't "have it both ways" on immigration reform in response to opposition to President Donald Trump's plan to work around the Flores Settlement Agreement."They object to immigrant family separation because minors can only be held...
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