Lindsey Graham Embraces Political Reality on Immigration, While Others like Rubio, Bush Run From Their Roots & Record

Lindsey Graham Embraces Political Reality on Immigration, While Others like Rubio, Bush Run From Their Roots & Record

He Admits the Obvious – No Candidate Can Win the Presidency Without Embracing Citizenship, Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON –Senator Lindsey Graham becomes the ninth Republican presidential candidate to announce his campaign for president today in his hometown in South Carolina. In 2013, Lindsey Graham was a key member of the “Gang of Eight,” the eight Democratic and Republican senators who co-sponsored the historic bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that included a pathway to citizenship for 11 million hardworking immigrants. Below are remarks by Lupe Lopez, Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship.

“Despite the political gamesmanship House Republicans used to kill bipartisan efforts on immigration reform, Sen. Graham is among the few Republicans who consistently supports immigration reform, going as far as warning his own party of the consequences of blocking a permanent fix to our nation’s broken immigration system.

“With his stance on immigration, Graham stands in sharp contrast to the rest of the GOP field. Marco Rubio, also was a member of the “Gang of Eight” in the Senate, has reversed his support for the bill, running scared from the extreme anti-immigrant base in the Republican Party. Other likely candidates such as Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Chris Christie have also done an about-face on the issue. 

“If Republicans want any chance of winning the White House, they should heed Lindsey Graham’s advice and change their tune on immigration reform and citizenship. Otherwise be prepared to lose again and again."

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