Graham blasts Homeland Security statement as 'poisonous'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands 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 SchumerChuck SchumerManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE (D-N.Y.), Mike RoundsMike RoundsEight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Schumer sets up key vote on bipartisan deal MORE (R-S.D.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSchumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Collins says negotiators are 'just about finished' with infrastructure bill 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.