By Vicki Needham - 03/19/10 09:38 PM EDT
One of the leading proponents of immigration reform vowed Friday to give up work toward immigration reform if healthcare legislation is passed this weekend.
In an email and on Twitter today, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said if the healthcare bill goes through this weekend, "that will, in my view, pretty much kill any chance of immigration reform passing the Senate this year."
Graham has been working with New York Democrat Charles Schumer on the framework for an immigration measure. Although immigration is likely a longshot either way, proponents of reform are trying to push the issue back toward hot-button status this year.
Climate and a deal on closing Guantanamo Bay also are on Graham's agenda but he didn't mention either today.
Schumer and Graham had an op-ed this morning in the Washington Post touting the need for bipartisan reform.