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Why are the senators so eager to give citizenship away the same senators so eager to ignore its protections?

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Back in 2007, no two Republicans were more supportive of amnesty then Sens. John McCain, R-Ari., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. In fact, Graham’s support for amnesty runs so deep that, speaking of amnesty at a National Council of La Raza awards dinner in 2006, Graham said, “We’re gonna tell the bigots to shut up and we are going to get this right.”

Fast forward to 2013 and Graham is again at the forefront of the amnesty debate, a charter member of the Gang of Eight.

But amnesty is not the only issue Graham is making a name for himself these days. Less than 12 hours after police had captured Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and many more hours before Tsarnaev even had the capacity to talk, Graham issued a joint statement with McCain demanding that the Obama administration ignore Tsarnaev’s Constitutional rights and treat him as an enemy combatant:

The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans. The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status.

Why is it that the two Republican senators so eager to give citizenship away are also the two Republicans senators so eager to ignore its protections?

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