Calling for a multifaceted immigration reform policy with Mexico and on border security, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said sending National Guard troops is a start, but not the sole solution because of struggling Latin American economies.
"Well, he'll be the third president to do so, and here's what I would tell him: There makes some sense to send soldiers to the border, but you're not going to secure a border just by adding National Guard troops," Sen. Graham told ABC's "This Week."
"You got to go to the root cause of this."
Graham said it comes down to economics, because diametrically there is no corresponding issues with illegal immigration with Canada as there are with Mexico, where even a border wall will not be a sole solution.
"We have two borders, one with Canada, one with Mexico – I've never met an illegal Canadian," Graham told host Martha Raddatz. "I went to New Hampshire to look for them and couldn't find them when I was running for president. The point is that Canada has a sound economy; people from the South of us do not have sound economies.
"And if you don't fix the economic magnet, you'll never solve the immigration problem – so building a wall alone won't do anything."
Graham supports President Donald Trump's leveraging DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, with border security funding, predicting the political battle will be waged again later this spring or early summer.
"There is a deal to take care of them and get the border wall we need, plus interior enforcement to make us safer," Graham told Raddatz. "That deal can be done, and I'll make a prediction on this show that there will be another effort to marry up border security and DACA by the spring, early summer.
"I'm hopeful it will, because if we fail, it's just a disaster for the DACA recipients and for our national security – and 70 percent of the American people want us to do both."
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