Graham Pushes Forward on Immigration

Jun 17, 2007 1:25pm

ABC News’ Mary Bruce Reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stood behind the need for immigration reform in a Sunday appearance on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" saying "It is a huge mistake for this country to take this bill down without a viable substitute."

Graham added that the failed immigration bill reflects on the American political system. "This really is about can we govern, or are we going to let the union halls and the talk radio take over this debate and we walk away saying we can’t deal with this issue now?"

Asked about progress in Iraq, the senator, a member of the Armed Services Committee, said "we do have a good opportunity here to bring calm to parts of Iraq that have never been calm before, and we’re going to have a fight on our hands in September with Al Qaeda, so this war is going to be a long struggle."

The senator emphasized the war "is not just about Iraq" and stressed that any decisions made in September should be scrutinized in a broader political context, beyond the 2008 elections. "September needs to be viewed in terms of the next decade, the next 20 years, not the next election, because if we govern this country domestically and internationally based on the next election cycle, you will wake up one day and the world will be a mess."

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