TRUMP BLOCK: Lindsey Graham Readies Bill To Protect Undocumented Immigrants Who Arrived As Children

Right wing sites are already calling it “Grahamnesty.” Via Politico

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is readying legislation that would extend legal protections for previously undocumented immigrants who came here as children — benefits granted under a 2012 directive from President Barack Obama that are at risk with the incoming Trump administration.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed to revoke Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including one that has shielded more than 740,000 young undocumented immigrants from being deported and gave them permits to work legally. With Trump’s surprise election earlier this year, Democrats on Capitol Hill and immigrant advocates have been urging the President-elect to back off those threats.

But should Trump follow through on that promise, some key lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to make sure those protections stay in place for the immigrants who willingly gave personal information to the federal government and went through background checks. One big fear among advocates is that the Trump administration could use that personal information to track down the immigrants to deport them.

“The worst outcome is to repeal the legal status that these kids have,” Graham said Wednesday. “Whether you agree with them having it or not, they’ve come out of the shadows.”

  • bkmn

    Like that has a chance in hell of passing. Nothing short of deporting them all can win with today’s GOP.

    • Chucktech

      We’ll see. At least he is a Republican adult. There are a few others in Congress, plus the Democrats, so we’ll see.

  • Jmdintpa

    good for you queen… doing something beneficial for a change… who would have thunk it

    • Kate

      If they don’t pass it before inauguration day, it’s not going to pass. Trump will veto, and that will be that. They won’t get a veto-proof majority with republicans in charge – there would be a riot.

      Trump’s not going to sign a bill limiting his power.

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  • LovesIrony

    does he have an undocumented young lover or something?

    • clay

      didn’t stop the closeted asshole sheriff in Arizona.

    • james1200

      These right wingers lust after that which they fear so it wouldn’t surprise me. Like that asshole neocon sheriff, Paul Babeu, who thankfully lost the seat he was running for in Arizona, he had a young Mexican lover who he threatened to deport when the relationship turned bad.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        It was the lover who went to the media and outed him.

    • andrew

      That’s a cheap shot at a guy who, in this case, is doing the right thing.

      • LovesIrony

        I’m skeptical of the motivations of everyone that voted against the repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, my cynicism is especially high with graham

    • Circle Thomas

      He likes them young and Hispanic, yes.

    • ColdCountry

      Perhaps he does, after all, have a heart.

  • SunsetGay

    Gurl! Get it!

    That sassy bitch is good for something.

  • TMA

    My big prediction is that Graham, Collins, Murkowski, Lee, and Manchin will all change their party affiliations within the coming Congress.

    • clay

      Spector, take two. Hope they aren’t thinking they’ll get re-elected.

    • Sam_Handwich

      Collins and Manchin, maybe. The others, i really doubt it

      I don’t think it would necessarily hurt Portman, tho

      • TMA

        Lee will switch to Libertarian and cut a deal with Schumer to let him chair the Judiciary and/or Joint Economic committee

        • Sam_Handwich

          I for one welcome our new anarchist Mormon overlords.

          • Octavio

            Lee is one of the prime supporters of selling off all public land (BLM) — that that belongs to every US citizen — to private interests/developers. He’s WAY anti National Parks and thinks if they continue to exist they should be run as private enterprises. That Lee (and his butt boy Chaffetz) are real winners.

    • Kelly Lape

      You left off McCain. It would be very disappointing if he sits through another Republican administration committing war crimes.

      • TMA

        We may very well witness some kind of “Independent Republican” caucus comprised of Graham, McCain, Sasse, and one or two others.

        • thatotherjean

          From your typing fingers to the ears of whatever deities might be listening.

        • Chucktech

          As I mentioned above, there are, in fact, some adults in the Republican Party who, deep down inside, are absolutely aghast at the thought of President Donald Trump.

        • GayOldLady

          That is more of a possibility than a downright defection. Now that the GOP controls both Houses and the WH, it will be tough for them to take too big of a lead off of first.

      • Michael White

        McCain has been very vocal about the USA will not water board anyone. He has changed his tune as, if I remember correctly he supported torture for awhile, despite the fact he was tortured

        • Kelly Lape

          You do remember correctly. That’s why I suspect he would leave the party before allowing it to happen again on his watch.

    • RyanInIllinois

      You mean Joe Manchin, right? He’s already a Democrat (although he’s a pretty conservative one, so I can see why you’d think he was a Republican).

      • TMA

        He’s been licking Trump’s boots big time

        • RyanInIllinois

          I see what you were saying. He’ll switch to Repub. Gotcha.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Steve King already has…..
      To the Nazi party.

    • james1200

      You’re dreaming but it’s a nice dream.

      • TMA

        My prediction is that Collins and Murkowski switch to Dem-caucusing indys followed by Lee switching to Libertarian and cutting a chairmanship deal with Schumer, followed by Manchin switching outright to Republican, followed by Graham, McCain and Sasse forming a kind of Vichy Republican caucus of their own and trying to act as power brokers.

        • GayOldLady

          I wish there was a chance that could happen. But I don’t think so, except for the Manchin going to the dark side. He’s really been there for quite a while so whatever.

    • Circle Thomas

      I know Murkowski, and can tell you it will not happen. She was thinking about going independent if the Democrats took control of the Senate, but since that did not happen, she’s going to stay (R) so she can keep the gavel on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee–which is the most critical committee to Alaskans.

  • andrew

    Sounds like a good move on Graham’s part.

  • Piet

    Happy to see Sen Ham Biscuits doing something like this. This is an honorable response to the DACA kids’ trust. The new administration needs conflict, although I’m sure there’ll never be the sort of resistance Obama faced, now that the White House is back in white (well, orange-white) hands.

    • Sam_Handwich

      do ya remember Little Kiwi’s video? 🙂

      haven’t seen him around here in a while

      • james1200

        Ham biscuits! HAM BISCUITS!!

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        LOL. and kiwi’s a looker too.
        wonder if kiwi is code for furry nether parts?

        • Sam_Handwich

          he’s adorable!

          • Todd20036

            Yeah, I always thought he was a cutie

      • Dagoril

        As they say on Archer, “Sploosh!!”

      • Octavio

        HAM BISCUITS !!!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I’ve not seen this before.
        He needs to do a new one to add Aaron Schock

        • bambinoitaliano

          and Ladybird.

      • Treant

        I’d be gay for Kiwi with or without the ham biscuit.

        Although a ham biscuit is always nice.

      • Piet

        I do remember. Inspired piece. I hope Little Kiwi’s okay. Come back, Little Kiwi!

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Yeah lynn-dsey.
    Lets see. Playing the good guy. huh? The minute that SCOTUS is packed with federalist cronies your little law about illegals will not be worth the paper it was printed on.
    So dont act like youre doing “something” when in fact youre just blowing air out your ass

    • Kelly Lape

      This is actually pretty good.

      1. It is against the Fuehrer’s policy
      2. It will result in Graham being Primary’d
      3. Countdown to Lindsey running to the Democratic Party because he knows the GOP won’t nominate him again just sped up.

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        He aint got the balls. A man that cannot stand up (sooner or later) and say hes a homo, is not a man who will fight the machine

  • Lazycrockett

    The bottom line on that Carrier Deal.

    In the end, UTC agreed to retain approximately 800 manufacturing jobs at the Indiana plant that had been slated to move to Mexico, as well as another 300 engineering and headquarters jobs. In return, the company will get roughly $700,000 a year for a period of years in state tax incentives.

    So basically these folks are now getting paid by the government. Sorta like welfare.

    • Octavio

      Exactly like welfare.

      • shrpblnd

        Ah corporate welfare… where your tax dollars are never at risk of going to some supposedly dirty minority that can’t work because they are looking for women to rape. This type of welfare is better as it is only goes to deserving rich corporate CEO’s.

      • billbear1961

        Hello, Octavio!

        Hope you’re well!

        These are such awful times!

        • Falconlights

          How you doin’ billbear? And glad to see you, too, Octavio.

      • JaniceInToronto

        Where the hell were you? We missed you. Well, I did anyway.

        • Octavio

          I’m in Buenos Aires. El Squeeze is in Barcelona for a few days, so I’ve broken my promise to stay away from the internet blogs while he’s gone. Staying away from the internet has really improved life. But I just can’t help peeking at JMG for a day or two.

          • JaniceInToronto

            You’re a bad boy who needs to be spanked. Naughty.

          • J Ascher

            At first glance, I thought you ended with “Nightly.” Ah, the delights of a dirty mind!

          • Cuberly

            Well, I for one am glad to see you 😉

          • Octavio


        • bzrd

          we did

        • Nychta

          Me too.

    • BobSF_94117

      It would be so cool if states can do this BUT when the president gets involved it raises equal protection grounds that would require federal subsidies of every employee in the nation.

    • clay

      Wait, doesn’t that also mean that Carrier doesn’t have to give back the millions in state tax breaks that were un-expired, too? It might not be $0.7million, but $2.7million for them.

    • billbear1961

      Corporate welfare–the only kind the GOP approves of.

      • J Ascher

        As long as it’s a traditional, polluting business!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Makes UTC nuthin’ but deplorable welfare queens with their corporate hands out for filthy TrumpaCare.

    • E.J.

      These are Indiana state tax credits, why didn’t Pence make this deal earlier. $640.00 per job, per year would appear to be a good investment.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      And its STATE money, nothing from the federal level, so our President elect (gag) in reality did nothing.

    • Cuberly

      Three things.

      1. If Obama did this the GOP would be losing their shit.
      2. Well, I’m glad people will keep their well paying jobs.
      3. Some fiscal conservatives on twitter have been asking, will other companies get the same preferential treatment?

    • Smiley456

      Not paid by government, but paid by the tax-payers. Some are Trumpet taxpayers.

    • So the workers of Carrier pay their taxes so that they can get a paycheck? What a world, what a world.

  • Mark McGovern

    Wow, who would have thought?

  • Brooklyn Joe

    whatever you say about lindsay-belle – she’s been doing and saying the right thing for awhile now – and i’m not a fan!

  • Ore Carmi

    I knew I liked him for a reason. He’s not quite as bad as most Republicans.

    • billbear1961

      Careful–don’t let your guard down!

      • Ore Carmi

        I won’t.

  • billbear1961

    Good God, a decent move by a Republican.

    Okay, what’s the catch?

    • chrisinphx

      The end is coming, what other possible explanation can it be? It’s like I went to sleep and woke up in Bizaro World or some sort of opposite day shenanigans

  • YakHerder

    Thank you, Senator Graham. It’s hard to remember, but for years there was bipartisan consensus that these “DREAMers” should be given a path to citizenship. But the extreme hate caucus (led by soon-to-be-AG Jeff Sessions, fuck everything) never let it come to a vote.

    • clay

      Rubio’s the younger version of — Oh, wait.

  • worstcultever

    I applaud any and every shred of pushback against the fuhrer-bannon reich. Good on you, Lindzo. Moreover each thing like this can inspire further acts, which is what I hope to see. Everybody’s just been in a daze, waiting to see what somebody else does.

    • billbear1961

      I’ve also read he wants investigations into Russian interference in the election.

      Graham does in the Senate, and a Democratic representative is calling for them in the House.

      • Falconlights

        Good for the both of them.

  • John Ruff

    Well thank you Lindseybelle

  • kaydenpat

    Can’t see it passing but I guess kudos to Graham anyways.

  • Robert Conner

    Sounds like a desperate move to preserve whatever support for the GOP remains among Hispanics. Don’t want the betrayal of minorities to get so blatant that the rest jump ship.

  • billbear1961

    May the Resistance flourish wherever it can, even in the most unlikely quarters!

    For the sake of the REPUBLIC in peril!

    “L’espoir luit comme un brin de paille dans l’étable . . . comme un caillou dans un creux.”

  • j.martindale

    He has been a consistent critic of the orange horror. My opinion of him has risen considerably.

  • boobert

    A republican that stands up to trump is a rare thing! Too bad romney folded like a cheap suit.

    • TrollopeReader

      his funny underwear was strong, though.

  • teeveedub

    Lulubelle showed some humanity. He won’t last long in Trumpworld.

    • He will stay in the Senate though. He usually gets primaried from his right and always beats them off. His “I could not care less if you primary me” attitude works for him. The people of South Carolina value independence.

      • TrollopeReader

        As Fort Sumter found out …

      • teeveedub

        “… he always beats them off.”

        I’ve heard that about him.

  • Bill Post

    Maybe he’s got a little action on the side… like Paul Baboo. Getting in on with an immigrant. I wonder if he calls him Papi too?

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Considering a minor doesn’t have the funds and normally doesn’t travel on their own, they are not criminals, they are the ‘victims’ of their parents who broke the law and took them with. [Not demonizing parents, but that would be like suing an adult for when the family skipped out on a restaurant bill 10 years earlier, when the child was 6 years old].

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Hey Lindsay, I’d like to call Trump to tell him I support your bill. Do you happen to have his cell phone number handy? Why don’t you tweet it out, I’m sure there’s many patriotic Americans that would like to voice their opinions.

  • Falconlights

    Well, well…good for you.

  • Michael R
  • houstonray

    Don’t agree with Graham on much of anything, but I will give props where they are due. Standing up to Trump is something all those who opposed him should continue to do instead of caving as so many have.

    I hope more do the same over the coming months and, sigh, years, of his administration.

    So to the Senator, I give a great big YOU GO GIRL……… 🙂

  • chrisinphx

    Well, snaps for Miss Graham.

  • JCF

    Why, Miss Lindsey found his balls—I do declare!

    ” One big fear among advocates is that the Trump administration could use
    that personal information to track down the immigrants to deport them.”

    This—in principle AND in specific—is one of THE Most F#cked Up thing, about F#cked Up Drumpf. [Up there w/ using pre-existing conditions, declared under Obamacare, to then limit/charge/DENY coverage under Drump-No-Care]. You see how Drumpf’s not going to just f#ck up under his own {barf, hard to write} Administration, but BREAK the basic principle that the U.S. government doesn’t PUNISH people who played by the previous rules, every time the party-in-power changes.

  • Max_1

    Girlfriend is crossing her legs on Trump…