Why Lindsey Graham's Meeting with Trump Was the 'Most Fascinating' of His Career

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January 09, 2018Jan 09, 2018

Earlier today, Senator Lindsey Graham said that a Tuesday meeting with President Trump and congressional lawmakers was the "most fascinating" gather he had ever attended in his 20-year political career. 

After leaving the meeting, Graham posted a series of tweets about immigration policy, claiming that from his understanding of the meeting, it seemed that President Trump has the right attitude toward immigration reform and DACA. 

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The meeting between Trump and congressional lawmakers comes as the White House faces increasing pressure to make a deal on DACA, which offers young undocumented immigrants temporary defense against possible deportation. 

In September, Trump remarked that he would end the program, and then urged Congress to find a good legislative solution so that young people wouldn't be deported out of the country. 

According to The Hill, Democrats have long wanted a DACA fix to be included in a government funding bill. Republicans, however, have claimed that a legislative priority should not be used to prevent the government from getting funding. 

According to the New York Times, President Trump also appeared to endorse a sweeping immigration deal that would, in effect, grant millions of undocumented persons a pathway to citizenship. 

"I'll take a lot of heat," said Trump, referring to pushback he would get from many conservatives who don't want to grant a pathway to citizenship to anybody here illegally. But then, he quickly added that his "life has been filled with heat" and that he is ready to take it.

Indeed, Trump is ready to compromise many of his own immigration positions in exchange for border security, his primary campaign promise and principal legislative goal. 

As the New York Times puts it, Trump desires to preside over a far-reaching solution to the status of the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the United States. This action will possibly alienate many of the hard-line immigration activists who empowered his rise to the presidency.

"If you want to take it that further step, I'll take the heat," remarked Trump to Senator Lindsey Graham, who recommended the idea in the White House Cabinet Room meeting. "You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform."

In the bipartisan meeting on Tuesday, Trump revealed that he supports a two-phase approach that will first codify the protections created under DACA. Ultimately, Trump's own goal is to establish stricter border security, both through a border wall and a merit-based immigration system.

Overall, President Trump encouraged Congress to pass a "bill of love," but also one that fortifies the nation's borders and ends "chain migration."

In recent news, Trump also commented on the possibility of running against Oprah in 2020 during this meeting. Please read our recent story on Trump's comments.

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