Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Senator and former presidential hopeful who never really had a chance, went on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” to talk about his Ted Cruz endorsement. Yes, Graham, who at one point boasted that you could murder Ted Cruz and get away with it (it’s in the video), is endorsing the Canadian-born Texas Senator because it’s an easier, bitter pill to swallow than if Donald Trump wins.
That Graham would say this on national television is quite sobering and, in some weird way, kind of funny because the South Carolina Senator is talking with the candidness of a person who’s drunk and went to the ATM and saw that he had a balance of zero f*cks.
So there you have it, folks. When a Republican from South Carolina says that you should be scared of someone from his own party, you should take that advice at face value.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has introduced legislation aimed at changing the asylum seeking process. Specifically, Sen. Graham’s new bill would target Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to legally seek asylum. Many of the Central American migrants are fleeing deadly discrimination, sexual exploitation, and rampant gang violence. Sen. Graham’s bill seeks to make asylum a harder and lengthier process.
Sen. Lindsey Graham is setting his sights on Central American migrants with his newly proposed legislation.
Sen. Graham’s bill would single out Central American migrants who are arriving at the border in the four following ways:
The bill would end the practice of asylum seekers applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, migrants must apply for asylum in their home countries and wait for approval before traveling to the U.S.
His bill allows for unaccompanied minors to be sent back to their home countries. Reportedly, the unaccompanied minors would be treated like minors from Mexico and Canada.
Graham’s bill will allow for children to be jailed in immigration detention centers for 100 days. Currently, children can only be held for 20 days before being released to relatives they have in the U.S.
There is also a portion of the bill calling for 500 more immigration judges to be hired across the country.
Sen. Graham addressed reporters when he unveiled his legislation.
Graham still believes that a wall is needed on the southern border and his bill is meant to work with the wall.
“We need the wall,” Graham told reporters, according to Reuters. “A wall will not fix this.” He added: “You need to deal with the magnets and loopholes in the law that entice people to come who want to get caught.”
According to Graham, he believes that security along the border must be increased to avoid people crossing illegally. He claims that his bill would help end the humanitarian crisis at the border.
There is already growing opposition to the proposed bill.
“Under our laws, if you come as a family unit and you come with a minor child, we can only hold the family for 20 days because we don’t want to separate the family,” Graham told reporters. “ We release the entire family after 20 days. So word is out on the street in Central America that if you bring a minor child with you, your chance of being deported is almost zero, and your hearing date is years away, and we release you inside the country.”
The announcement was met with #LindseyGrahamResign tweets.
Graham is up for re-election in 2020. Constituents in South Carolina are letting the senator know how they feel about the proposed legislation. The call for resignation over the new immigration bill is a growing movement following elected officials like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for Graham’s resignation.
Fellow elected officials have been calling on Graham to resign after he told Donald Trump Jr. to ignore a subpoena.
Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intel Committee to testify about the president’s involvement with Russia during the campaign. Since the Mueller investigation ended, elected officials are calling for a public release that the Trump administration keeps blocking. Many speculate that Trump is fearful of what is in the Mueller report.
If just reading that makes your heart sink and your blood boil, then you’re probably in the majority of Americans who will not sit back in silence. Millions across the nation are resisting the incoming president’s inauguration by protesting that Trump is indeed “not our president.”
Organizers want everyone, especially Angelenos, to boycott everything that day, including work, school, shopping, etc. The mission for this march is to demand an “economy that works for all, a political system that is transparent and representative, an energy system that is sustainable for the long term, media which can be trusted to provide real and honest information, justice for oppressed communities, and united society.”
Jan. 20th, Washington D.C.
#DisruptJ20 is organizing several events all month, but the one on January 20th, which includes the Workers’ Collective and the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, will have the highest attendance. Click here for more information.
Jan. 20th, Seattle
Kshama Sawant, a Seattle council member who’s also a socialist, is backing this protest and urging people to join her at this protest. “History demands that we immediately begin building mass peaceful resistance to Trump’s anti-worker, misogynist, anti-immigrant, and racist agenda.” Sawant said in a letter. Click here for more information.
Jan. 20th, Chicago
According to organizers, this will be a “peaceful, non-violent demonstration showing discontent toward the rhetoric that won the president-elect the election and continues to empower similar rhetoric and skewed thinking within groups of hateful people.”
Jan. 21st, Washington D.C.
This will probably be the most-attended march of the weekend. More than 200,000 people are expected to be in D.C. to express to the new administration and congress that women’s rights are human rights.
Jan. 21th, Los Angeles
If you can’t make it to D.C., there are various protests happening in other cities in conjunction with the Women’s March. The L.A. gathering will also be a march in support of equality and promote civil rights for every human.
There’s also a slew of walk-outs planned for colleges across the country. From Berkeley to Philadelphia, students are organizing their own major protests against Trump. Click here for more information on student protests.