The U.S. economy will “fall apart” without immigration reform, said South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, making an impassioned speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this morning for the economic as well as the political necessity of passing immigration legislation. Social Security and Medicare are “under siege,” Graham said to the crowd. “We need workers, and they are going to come from immigration,” he added.
Beyond economics, immigration reform is crucial to gaining the support of Latino voters, said Graham to the crowd. “John (McCain) and I have been talking about the declining standing vis-a-vis the Hispanic community,” said Graham. The South Carolina Republican said “you don’t have to be a rocket scientist” to figure out that the Latino voter decline — from 44 percent support in 2004 compared to 27 percent in 2012 — was largely due to Republicans’ immigration policies.
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