'You don't need $25 billion for a wall,' Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says

“You need wall systems; you need roads," Sen. Lindsey Graham said.

The White House is set to present a framework to Congress that would include a pathway to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children. The proposal also calls for $25 billion in funding for a border wall and other border-security measures, plus new restrictions on legal immigration such as ending the visa lottery system and limiting family-based migration.

The Republican senator added, “We’re going to get there. We’re going to give a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million ‘Dreamers’ who have been well-vetted. We're going to do something substantial on the border. We’re not going to cut legal immigration in half.”

But, he added, “You don’t need $25 billion for a wall."

“We aren’t going to put a wall in places it shouldn’t go," the senator said. "As to where the wall should go, and whether it should be a fence, we’ll have experts decide that.”

"But $25 billion can be spent wisely, ”Graham said. “You need wall systems. You need roads. You need redundancy. You need to fix old fencing. So we’re not going to build a 1,900-mile wall."

"The bottom line is I’m optimistic,” Graham said of the immigration debate. “If the president continues the attitude he has expressed in this proposal, if my Democratic friends will calm down, I know it’s hard to deal with President Trump, let’s take a deep breath, we can get there.”

He added, “And then, if it's -- you know, the allegations [against Wynn] have merit, then we should return the money like we asked of the Democrats.”