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Sen. Graham to Obama: Why Not Wait Six Months on Immigration?

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 12:28 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham questioned why President Barack Obama couldn't wait six months and let the new members of Congress debate changes to the immigration system, rather than use the threat of executive order to change the policy.

"Patience is a virtue in life, is a necessity in politics," the South Carolina Republican told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. "What is the downside of giving the new Congress six months to find out if we can find a comprehensive, partial solution to an immigration system that's broken?"

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On CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Obama said he was going to give Speaker of the House John Boehner until the end of the year to present him with an immigration bill, or else he was "going to have to take the steps that I can to improve the system."

It would make "a bad situation worse" if Obama used executive order to make changes to immigration policy, Graham maintained, adding that it was clear "the American people do not like Barack Obama going it alone."

"My advice to the president is give the new Congress a chance to work with you to find a solution to immigration that doesn't involve executive action, which would be very limited," he said.

Graham said granting legal status to illegal immigrants without first securing the border would cause "a big run," and further overwhelm border officials, who saw a surge this year of migrants, mostly unaccompanied children, crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham questioned why President Barack Obama couldn't wait six months and let the new members of Congress debate changes to the immigration system, rather than use the threat of executive order to change the policy.
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