Feb 15 2018

Statement From U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) responded to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding a bipartisan immigration reform proposal he is cosponsoring.

“With their press release this morning, it seems as if DHS is intent on acting less like a partner and more like an adversary.  Instead of offering thoughts and advice – or even constructive criticism – they are acting more like a political organization intent on poisoning the well. 

“From the tone of this morning’s document, it appears as if DHS hopes all border security proposals fail.  That would be the worst outcome of all. 

“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. 

“Members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, understand and appreciate the role DHS plays in protecting our nation from threats.  We also rely on their advice and technical know-how – particularly when it comes to border security.  Statements like this undermine confidence in DHS and make one question whether they can rationally engage with the Congress on this issue.  They lost credibility with this release and that’s not good for those of us concerned about protecting our border and making sure DHS has the tools they need to best protect our nation.”