Graham: Let’s ‘pass the DREAM Act for better border security’
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Graham expects 'thorough' briefing on Mueller report MORE (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that Congress should pass legislation restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program along with renewed border security measures, an idea he claims could get bipartisan support. 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation Trump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report MORE announced Tuesday that President Trump would end DACA, an Obama administration program that provided immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children with work permits and protections from deportation.

DACA recipients "know no other country, they're a great value to America, so we'll pass the DREAM Act for better border security to make sure we don't have 11 million more illegal immigrants 20 years from now," Graham said on CNN's New Day.

DACA currently provides work permits and protection from deportation to nearly 800,000 immigrants, who have been dubbed "Dreamers" by their supporters.

Trump's move will allow Congress until March to pass legislation codifying the program into law. If Congress does not act in that time, Trump tweeted Tuesday that he will "revisit the issue." 

"My advice to the president would be you come up with a border security plan that's reasonable, that will secure our border, then I think I can get Democrats on board for the idea of border security plus the DREAM Act. Plus, we actually need to do both," Graham said.

When asked what he wants the president to do on border security, Graham said Trump should "find what border security looks like, and see if we can do a deal where we secure our border and ... give the DREAM Act kids what they deserve which is to stay in the country they call home." 

Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate have already begun talks on passing legislation to continue the program, which would allow DACA recipients to stay in the country. Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe GOP lawmaker offers constitutional amendment capping Supreme Court seats at 9 Overnight Energy: Judge halts drilling on Wyoming public lands over climate change | Dems demand details on Interior's offshore drilling plans | Trump mocks wind power MORE (D-Calif.) suggested Tuesday that Democrats should consider including DACA in the efforts to raise the federal debt ceiling and provide relief funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. 

"Let's do two things, make a down payment on fixing the broken immigration system, and give these kids the life they deserve," Graham said.