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Graham takes on thorny immigration issue again

Mar 11, 2010 10:10:00 PM - thestate.com
WASHINGTON | U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Schumer discussed major immigration reforms Thursday with President Barack Obama at a White House meeting.

Graham, a Seneca Republican, waded back into a political minefield that has prompted conservative activists across the nation to vilify him since he helped lead a failed Senate bid to overhaul the immigration system in 2007.

Obama has faced more recent criticism from Hispanic lawmakers and advocacy groups accusing him of failing to deliver on a 2008 campaign promise to help the 12 million undocumented workers in the United States.

Graham said after the White House session that he had warned Obama against bending Senate rules in order to pass health-care legislation, saying that move would imperil the president's other legislative initiatives.

"I expressed in no uncertain terms my belief that immigration reform could come to a halt for the year if health care reconciliation goes forward," Graham said.