Graham “Depressed” Over Border Wall Stalemate, Seeks Compromise

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham grew increasingly frustrated with Democrats this week, after leadership refused to compromise on border wall funding.

“I have never been more depressed about moving forward than right now,” said Graham Thursday. He reiterated those same feelings on Sunday during a Fox interview with Chris Wallace.

Prior to making his statement, Graham, R-SC, along with Senate Republicans colleagues, attempted last week to integrate an ‘immigration fix’ that included border wall funding in the legislation but Democrats failed to accept the compromise. He said the failure by Democrats may leave President Trump no other choice but to declare a national emergency.

On Sunday, Graham told Fox New’s Wallace that the administration wants to make a deal but Democrats refuse the any deal that includes the wall.

President Trump put the blame squarely on Democrats Sunday, saying on Twitter “Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don’t want to include it in talks.”

Moreover, he added, “Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!”

The last week has been contentious between Republicans and Democrats, as witnessed Wednesday when Trump walked out of a White House meeting with congressional leadership after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the president “no” she would not support funding a border wall.

On Saturday, the shutdown became the longest recorded in history, surpassing the former 21 day shutdown under former President Bill Clinton, who wrangled with congressional Republicans from December 1995 to January 1996.

Last Friday, the partial shutdown was the first time Federal employees did not receive a paycheck, as reported.

On Thursday, the president took a trip to McAllen, Texas, along the Rio Grande Valley River  where he heard from local law enforcement, ranchers, and Border Patrol agents who live and work in the region.

He tweeted after returning from his trip the “Humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border. I just back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion! I have been there numerous times – The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our Entire Country…”

“The Steel Barrier, or Wall, should have been built by previous administrations long ago,” he Tweeted. “They never got it done – I will.”