I'll believe it when I see it. Lindsay Graham sounds like a man who gets it. But hearing isn't believing.
"In the wake of President Obama’s reelection, due in part to his winning Hispanic voters by 44 points,
Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have restarted
bipartisan discussions over comprehensive immigration reform."
"On the Sunday talk shows, both sounded bullish about reaching an agreement.
“Senator Graham and I have talked, and we are resuming the talks that
were broken off two years ago,” Schumer said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
“We had put together a comprehensive detailed blueprint on immigration
reform. It had the real potential for bipartisan support.”
“Graham and I are talking to our colleagues about this right now,” he
said, “and I think we have a darn good chance using this blueprint to
get something done this year.”
"It’s a new-found optimism fueled by Republican concerns of
looming demographic doom. Following Mitt Romney’s defeat, multiple
influential conservatives — such as Charles Krauthammer and Sean Hannity
— are eager to repair GOP fissures with Latinos and have endorsed
immigration reform, including amnesty for those in the country
illegally, as one way to do that."
“It’s one thing to shoot yourself in the foot,” Graham said on CBS’
“Face The Nation,” referring to GOP support among Hispanics. “Just don’t
reload the gun.”
“So I intend not to reload this gun when it comes to Hispanics,” he
said. “I intend to tear this wall down and pass an immigration reform
bill that’s an American solution to an American problem. But we have
nobody to blame but ourselves when it comes to losing Hispanics. And we
can get them back with some effort on our part.”
"The two senators began talks early in President Obama’s first term
for an immigration deal, but Graham pulled out in the spring of 2010 as
his party was strengthening its opposition to Obama’s agenda. The
blueprint included improving border security, cracking down on employers
who hire illegal immigrants, clearing the way for immigrants that the
country needs, and providing a path to citizenship for undocumented
“The Republican Party needs to get it together on its outreach to
Latinos, and it’s good to hear that Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer are
going to start advancing comprehensive immigration reform again,” said
Steve Schmidt, who ran John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, on the
“Meet The Press” roundtable. “Because we have to get this off the table
as a political issue for the party.”
"Schumer was more blunt: “The Republican Party has learned that being
anti-immigrant doesn’t work for them politically,” he said. “And they
You would hope they get it. Yet, they are slow learners. Will they reload the gun? Jan Brewer almost spoke out for immigration reform herself-the woman who signed the most notorious anti Latino legislation in the country-Kris Kobach wrote it. She almost seemed to get it but then stopped herself:
"Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said Republicans' push for
immigration reform after the election is "fine and dandy" during an
appearance on Arizona's weekend show "12 News Sunday Square Off" that
was taped Friday, according
to the local NBC station. Brewer's comments seem to contradict her
previous stance that reform should come only after securing the border."
"But after the interview, Brewer's spokesman Matt Benson clarified to
the station that Brewer still believes securing the border should come
"Brewer also said she was leaning toward accepting federal dollars to
expand the Arizona's Medicaid, part of the Affordable Care Act. Benson
walked back those comments too, saying she was probably referring to
using federal money to end a Medicaid enrollment freeze at the moment,
not expand the program."
Seems to be the GOP story these days: the spokespeople are always walking this or that statement back.
If the GOP does walk back on immigration reform again it's their funeral.