Monday, August 10, 2009

New GOP Immigration Champion

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R. - S.C.) intends to help push for passage of a comprehensive immigration overhaul this year. It appears that the immigration torch has finally been passed in the Republican Party from Senator McCain, which is no surprise as McCain sharply backed away from the issue during his Presidential campaign when he was seeking the nomination from his party.

It is being reported by the WSJ that Senator Graham will be working closely with Senator Schumer (D., N.Y.) to craft bipartisan legislation addressing comprehensive immigration reform to be introduced by year's end that will include provisions for a path to legalization.

I personally was very impressed with Senator Graham during the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. I thought he was fair, yet critical of Justice Sotomayor, and ultimately voted for her confirmation.

We can only hope that this is the first step in a successful path towards meaningful comprehensive immigration reform.

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