Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a push Sunday for his fellow Republicans to get behind immigration reform, saying if it faills the GOP will be blamed and "our party is in trouble with Hispanics.
"As to the Republican Party, here is my firm belief, America is not divided on this, Graham said on Fox News Sunday. "Seventy percent of Americans including Republicans support an earned pathway to citizenship over a thirteen year period where you get in the back of the line, learn the language and pay a fine. So to the Republican Party this is a chance to improve our economy, reduce the deficit by $890 billion to get border security you will never see in your lifetime, to regain our sovereignty. And if it fails and we are blamed for its failure our party is in trouble with Hispanics, not because we are conservative but because of the rhetoric and the way we've handled this issue. I want to get reattached to the Hispanic community, sell conservatism pass comprehensive immigration reform and grow this party. The party has to be bigger than Utah and South Carolina. The Hispanic community is very close to our values but we have driven them away over this issue. Let's fix the problem for the good of the country and the good of the party. This bill does that."