Graham blasts Homeland Security statement as 'poisonous'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Barr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct Debate builds over making Mueller report public MORE (R-S.C.) blasted a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) criticizing a bipartisan immigration deal he worked on as "poisonous" and "ridiculous."
 
"The DHS press release is over the top. It's poisonous. I think its ridiculous and I've long since stopped paying attention to them," he said.
 
Graham added that any time the department is offered money for the border wall they should "say thank you."
 
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DHS ripped a deal offered by a bipartisan coalition of senators, saying it "destroys" the department's ability to remove undocumented immigrants from the country and "ignores the lessons" of Sept. 11, 2001.
 
"It would be the end of immigration enforcement in America and only serve to draw millions more illegal aliens with no way to remove them," the statement said. "By halting immigration enforcement for all aliens who arrived before June 2018, it ignores the lessons of 9/11 and significantly increases the risk of crime and terrorism."
"The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged," the department said, referring to Sens. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCongress: Americans in Puerto Rico still need our help Airbnb is doing the Democrats' dirty work Protecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress MORE (D-N.Y.), Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Senators look for possible way to end shutdown MORE (R-S.D.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight Trump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World MORE (R-Maine). 
 
The proposal crafted by the senators would allow about 1.8 million immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children to stay with a path to citizenship. It also provides $25 billion for border security and would impose limited changes to family-based immigration.
 
But it doesn't include broader changes to family-based immigration, which conservatives call "chain migration," or eliminate the State Department's diversity visa lottery. 
 
 
“I don’t think the staffers who compiled this document served the President very well. As for Secretary Nielsen, I’m incredibly disappointed in her for allowing her office to become so politicized and for allowing something like this to go out," he added.