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Sen. Lindsey Graham said Republicans will continue to fight for the border wall.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News’ “Hannity” Wednesday night that if President Trump backs away from his demand for $5.7 billion to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, it would mark “the end of 2019 in terms of him being an effective president” and “probably the end of his presidency.”
“I’ll tell you exactly how this is going to end,” Graham told host Sean Hannity about the border-security standoff, which has shut down parts of the federal government for nearly two weeks. “The president is going to challenge the Democrats to compromise and if they continue to say no, they’re going to pay a price with the American people.”
Graham told Hannity he would support a compromise providing funding for the wall “as a down payment to securing the border.”
In exchange, Graham said, he would support giving three-year work permits to approximately 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and covered by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition, Graham said, people from ten countries who have temporary protected status (TPS) should have their legal status reaffirmed, but should not be given a pathway to citizenship.
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