In a news conference, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that the “UCCS is about a lot more than just the football team, it’s about the fabric of our country, the people who are here in the country.”
“We’ve got to do more to bring the people together,” Graham said.
“We have a job to do in this country to bring people together.
We need to have a dialogue with the people, we need to get together.”
President Trump on Monday called the U.S. “a nation of immigrants” and said that “the future of our people and our nation depend on it.”
“It is my hope that in our next administration, we will have the guts to address the urgent need for immigrants, who are the backbone of our great country,” Trump said in a statement.
The president also tweeted Monday, “I want to thank the United States Congress for passing H.R. 4681, which includes the Sanctuary Cities Act, which provides funding to states to provide sanctuary cities for their undocumented immigrants.”
The legislation passed the House by a wide margin in February, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is expected to move forward with a final version.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who supported the bill in the Senate, called it a “historic step toward ensuring that all people have a fair shot in the United State.”
“The sanctuary city bill is the most significant step toward protecting immigrants and the undocumented from being harassed, arrested, deported, or worse, jailed,” Sanders said in an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Monday.
“It is a huge step toward ending our nation’s shameful racial profiling and deportations.”
Sanders has been a vocal supporter of the bill.
In an op ed published in the Washington Post, he wrote, “The Trump administration’s executive order is yet another example of the Republican Party’s dangerous, xenophobic policies.
The sanctuary city legislation, which is a major step in ending these policies, will provide states and cities with additional funding to protect the most vulnerable communities.””
I have been calling for these reforms for years,” he added.
“This is the beginning of the end of the Trump administration.”