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Sen. Graham Criticized for Saying Kentucky Kids Need Safety Before Education

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is 100 percent behind President Trump's decision to declare a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, as he's made clear on Twitter.

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The senator reiterated how much of a priority is it to get the border crisis under control in an interview with CBS's Margaret Brennan over the weekend. It takes precedence, he said, over the classroom.

"I would say it's better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border," Graham reasoned. "We'll get them the school we need. But right now we've got a national emergency on our hands. Opioid addiction is going through the roof in this country. Thousands of Americans died last year and are dying this year because we can't control the flow of drugs into this country and all of it's coming across the border."

Some educators, especially those in Kentucky, weren't thrilled with Sen. Graham's priority list.

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Others said it's a "shame" Graham apparently doesn't care about kids.

In declaring a national emergency, Trump found $8 billion from government agencies to use to build the border wall. Yet, he is already facing legal challenges, including from a group of 16 states, who filed their lawsuit in California. The president said he wasn't surprised, and perhaps the Golden State would be better served focusing on their failed high speed rail project first.

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