The Biden administration is staging “ a giant cover up ” at the US-Mexico border to hide “ massive system failures, ” Senator Lindsey Graham claims, as an experienced Border Patrol commander said the situation was “ completely out of control. ”
Graham, a senator for South Carolina, told Sean Hannity Monday night about his trip to the border on Friday, accompanied by Texas senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, among others.
Graham told Hannity that he witnessed “ a giant cover-up, ” adding that he expected to soon see 150,000 people per month illegally crossing the street.
Lindsey Graham told Sean Hannity on Monday evening what he had seen at the border on Friday
Graham and other senators were taken on Friday to observe the work of the border guard
Senators were told not to film the kids, prompting Cruz to tweet, “How far is Joe Biden going to keep the American people from seeing the Donna CBP facility?”
Cruz added, “Biden sent a Washington police officer to block our cameras and even threatened another senator to obstruct legitimate scrutiny of Congress.”
In a clip filmed by Cruz, a woman who works at the facility tells him, “This isn’t a zoo, sir, please don’t treat people like that.”
Graham told Hannity on Monday evening that he “could understand why the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to know what’s going on.”
He added, “I saw a massive system outage.”
A group of migrants await transport by the Border Patrol in La Joya, Texas on Monday
A child waits with his mother on Monday to be treated by an agent of the United States Border Guard
Border guard agents in La Joya, Texas, are processing the migrants on Monday
Graham said Border Patrol agents told him, before Biden was inaugurated, that the Democrat “ went back to the old policies ” and lost Remain in Mexico.
Border Patrol officials say they are dealing with an extraordinarily high 30-day average of 5,000 daily encounters with migrants.
In February 2021, U.S. authorities reported more than 100,000 encounters at the southern border, while March is on track to report a 50 percent increase from February, according to the Associated Press.
Unaccompanied children are allowed to stay in the US to apply for asylum, while almost all single adults are deported to Mexico under pandemic rules that deny them the opportunity to seek humanitarian protection.
Last week, more than 16,000 unaccompanied children were in custody.
Families with children under the age of seven are allowed to stay in the US to apply for asylum, a Border Patrol official who spoke to reporters on Friday.
Others in families are expelled.
Border Patrol agents report an average of 5,000 daily arrivals at the border crossing
Border guard agents have been removed from inland jobs and redeployed to work on the border
‘What have I seen? I envisioned 200 plus women and small children being processed, ”he said.
“They would be released in the United States within eight hours.”
Graham said he “saw children with numbers on their wrist,” and the unaccompanied children would be sent to relatives.
“Once we get them, your tax dollars will be used to reunite the family,” Graham said.
‘This is not catching and letting go. This is catching and reuniting.
“They call the family member, the number on the child’s wrist, and the American taxpayer pays to reunite the family that’s illegal here.”
Graham said the policy “sends the wrong signal.”
“Within a year, we will have half of Central America in the United States if we don’t change these policies, and the conditions these kids live in were dire,” he concluded, warning that the number would rise to 150,000 arrivals. one month.
Send them back or they’ll keep coming.
“I’ve never seen so many incentives for illegal immigration as now.”
Joe Biden, who visited the Vietnam Veterans monument on Monday, has denied that there is a crisis
Graham spoke after Jeffrey Self, who spent more than 30 years with Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in Arizona and Texas and retired in August, said he was appalled by the lack of plans to hold back the arrivals.
He accused the Biden administration of a lack of ‘operational planning to stop the flow’, and of focusing instead on ‘the threat of the aesthetic of this humanitarian crisis coming out more than it is’ .
Self-accused Democrats whose constituencies lined the border for not standing up for their constituents said they were also abandoning migrants by making them believe they should make the crossing.
“What needs to be done is some sort of enforcement action plan versus plans to move bodies,” he told Fox News.
The key to solving this problem is that our democratically elected officials must stand up. They must put this inhumanity of this failed border policy above the party.
‘They are conveying the party’s message, they are not taking the action they need to say,’ we are not going to stand for this, this is not good for the country, this is not good for my constituency and this is not good for these people who are from Mexico and Central America. ”
Self, a retired Border Patrol veteran, said the situation was ‘completely out of control’
Self said he was appalled that Biden’s administration was only focused on ‘aesthetics’
Self, who served as head of Southwest Border Operations for three years, said agents he spoke to told him the situation was “ much more inhumane ” than it was under Barack Obama, who put “ children in cages ” in 2014.
“We need to stop playing politics and recognize that people are suffering,” Self said.
He added that he was deeply concerned by reports that 10-14 officers in the El Paso area had tested positive for COVID-19.
“That depletes the workforce, and we can’t stand that,” he said.
“Something has to change.”