Immigration reform legislation is "dead" in the Senate this year, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday.Then he sticks out his tongue and tells Obama to play by himself:
Graham, who's sought to work with some Democrats on the controversial issues, said that healthcare efforts had "poisoned the well" for bipartisan cooperation going forward.
"When I say immigration's dead in the Senate, risk-aversion abounds," Graham said during a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. "Some of my colleagues will lose over healthcare. The consequences of this vote are going to be long-lasting politically." The Hill
The senator issued a challenge to Obama, too: write your own bill.
"To the president: If you want to deliver on your unwavering commitment to immigration reform, write a bill," he said. "You write the bill, send it to the House. See what happens, because I don't think you have much of a chance of getting it through the Senate."