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Graham on Immigration: ‘You Can Come, but On Our Terms, Not Yours’

Lindsey Graham’s (R., S.C.) fundamental concern in the ongoing immigration debate, he says, is “sovereignty.” 

“Controlling who comes into this country is a sovereign right of this country, and I will insist on sovereignty,” Graham explained yesterday to fill-in host Stuart Varney on Fox News when asked if securing the border was his No. 1 priority. “You can come [to this country] but on our terms, not yours,” Graham asserted. He also pushed for an E-Verify system to help employers make sure they are not hiring someone illegally.

Graham is a member of the Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of senators working on immigration reform. Graham said he hopes to put forward a legislative proposal in the Judiciary Committee by next week as “a starting point of the debate, not the ending point.”

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