Republicans Split on Gang of 8 Bill
Two Republican senators joined "Fox News Sunday" to stake out opposing positions on the immigration bill set to be voted on in the Senate.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the "gang of 8" which authored the legislation, said he is confident of reaching the 70 vote mark that supports would like to gain in order to convince House members to support it when the deabte moves to that body.
Graham, who said recently that Republicans use border security as an excuse to vote against a path to citizenship, said "we have secured our border in a way I couldn’t not have imagined four or five years ago," and added that the plan ensures that the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants will have an "earned, hard, pathway to citizenship."
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) does not support the comprehensive reform approach, and instead agrees with House Republicans who are focused on addressing the issues of enforcement and citizenship separately
"As a proponent of immigration reform my problem has always been the sequencing," Lee said, emphasizing that securing the border must happen first.
Lee argued that this bill does not end illegal immigration, and he added, “it’s neither tough or fair.”