“[It] makes some sense to send soldiers to the border, but you’re not going to secure a border just by adding National Guard troops. You got to go to the root cause of this,” Graham said.
The Washington Examiner reports: Graham also said that “building a wall alone won’t do anything.” The wall has been one of President Trump’s longest running promises.
Last week, Trump announced he was ordering between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help immigration officials with illegal border crossings until Trump’s signature border wall is built.
But, Graham said it is more important to address the reasons why so many foreigners want to come to the United States.
Graham believes there needs to be comprehensive immigration reform to make it easier for American companies to hire immigrants.
Many conservatives say they want to secure the border and cut off the draw by changing hiring laws in the United States first.
The Consummate RINO?
Graham has also been one of the establishment Republicans who are considered anti-Trump, especially after “The Donald” made him look foolish during Lindsey’s presidential run for the GOP nomination.
For example, while most conservatives and legal scholars believe Mueller’s investigation is extremely partisan, Sen. Graham said that if President Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, it would “probably” be an impeachable offense.
“I think what the president will have done is stopped an investigation in whether or not his campaign colluded with the Russians, what effect the Russians had on the 2016 campaign. I can’t see it being anything other than a corrupt purpose,” Graham stated during a talk show appearance.
Graham told nationally-syndicated radio talker Hugh Hewitt that while he has seen no evidence of a conspiracy between Trump associates and Russians to sabotage Hilary Clinton’s campaign, he believes “to stop investigation without cause, I think, would be a constitutional crisis.”
And yet, Graham and fellow GOP Sen. Thom Tillis got together with Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Chris Coons to propose legislation to protect the arguably out-of-control Special Councel Robert Mueller, two anonymous sources familiar with the legislation told Fox News.
The group of anti-Trump lawmakers will reportedly announce legislation that would give any special counsel a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing. While such a bill might get through the Senate, the House of Representatives would probably kill such a bill.
Graham, who said last year that there would be “holy hell to pay” if Trump ever fired Mueller, has repeatedly denigrated President Trump since he announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2016.