Senators, evangelicals embrace immigration reform

Republican Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he shares Kurdish 'concerns' over cease-fire Majority of Americans believe Trump's Syria move has damaged US reputation: poll Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' MORE (S.C.) joined a group of Democratic senators and evangelical leaders in calling for action on so-called comprehensive immigration reform.

Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPaul blocks Senate vote on House-passed Syria resolution House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's Syria pullback Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE (D-N.J.) and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), along with Graham, all argued that the immigration issue, which they said should include some sort of guest-worker program, is a moral one.
Graham said the country has broken borders, and when it comes to addressing illegal immigration, a broken Congress.
“But I see hope,” Graham said.

Kennedy said he is confident there will be discussion of a reform package that contains a guest-worker program, adding this could “hopefully” begin within the next work period.

On issues like border security and enforcement, Kennedy said Democrats and Republicans had reached “broad agreement.”
Few would dispute, though, that there continue to exist a number of contentious points of disagreement.

The bipartisan group of senators was joined by the House sponsors of immigration reform introduced last week, Reps. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezDemocrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire Dem leader says party can include abortion opponents DHS to make migrants wait in Mexico while asylum claims processed MORE (D-Ill.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong How to survive an impeachment Are Senate Republicans certain that Trump can return to office? MORE (R-Ariz.).

The lawmakers were also flanked by a group of Hispanic evangelical leaders and Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Church.