Graham takes bipartisan immigration reform effort to the White House

Two U.S. senators, one republican and one democrat, are engaging in a bipartisan effort to develop meaningful immigration reform legislation that will fix a system they say remains broken and in desperate need of repair. South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and New York Democrat Charles Schumer were both summoned to the White House Thursday to meet with President Obama to discuss making the issue a greater priority. Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Senator Graham said the legislation Senator Schumer and he are developing is a framework that remains a work in progress. He says it emphasizes two basic elements.

“The legislation would require secure borders verified by border state governors. The measure would also require a tamper proof ID card to get a job.”

Graham says the presently used Social Security card is inadequate because it’s paper and and is often too easily forged and used by illegals to secure employment. Following the meeting at the White House, Graham issued a statement.

“I expressed, in no uncertain terms, my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for this year if health care reconciliation goes forward. Using reconciliation to push health care through will make it much harder for Congress to come together on the issue of immigration reform.”

Graham said the President welcomed the framework and indicated that he needed time to review the structure. Graham says moving toward a biometric Social Security card will ensure that illegal immigrants cannot get jobs.

“You’ve got a piece of paper that everybody is required to have just to get a job and its used to get illegal employment. If you’re serious about getting rid of illegal immigration forever and not having 12 million more in the future, you better control how you can get a job in America. If we’re not willing as a nation to turn the piece of paper into a tamper proof document so employers will know who’s legal and who’s not, we’re never going to solve this problem.”

Graham says he encouraged the Administration to work with the unions on the creation of a temporary worker program which meets the needs of the business community. Graham adds that a rational plan needs to be developed in order to deal with the millions of illegal aliens already in the United States.