South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a warning to President-elect Donald Trump that he ought to consider the consequences of undoing one of President Obama’s immigration programs, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), frequently called the Dream Act.
“Here is a problem that we have: You’ve got about a million DREAM Act kids who came here as small children, lived here all their lives. Now they have legal status by executive order,” Graham told reporters Tuesday.
The DREAM Act allows people who arrived in America illegally as children work authorization and protection from deportation if they meet the program’s requirements.
Graham, who is frequently panned by more conservative Republicans as a RINO (Republican in Name Only), indicated he would stand in the way of any move by the Trump administration to deport people protected by Obama’s DREAM Act.
“I will not vote for a bill that doesn’t, that quite frankly, treats a grandmother and drug dealer the same,” he said. “I will vote for border security.”
Trump has made it known that his first priority is deporting criminal illegal aliens but he hasn’t taken the idea of deporting more illegals off the table.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers,” Trump told CBS. “After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that you’re talking about who are terrific people.”