South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham tore into President Joe Biden again on Thursday over an issue that continues to get worse the longer Biden is in office.
That would be the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Biden’s first day in office, he reversed nearly all of former President Donald Trump’s immigration and border security policies, which several Border Patrol and DHS officials have said made the border the most secure it has been in decades.
Since then, millions — literally — of people have crossed illegally into the U.S., and many of them have been allowed to stay, having been released into the interior of the country with instructions to appear at an immigration court hearing that is years away (most won’t show up).
Graham took the opportunity this week to rip Biden for refusing to act as Title 42, a Trump-era rule that allowed for quick return of migrants who crossed illegally during the pandemic, is likely to be dismissed soon.
And he did not mince words.
“His policies are not working at the border, and Title 42 is about to expire. President Biden could reinstate Title 42 deportation authority with a stroke of a pen. Every Democrat voted against extending Title 42 in the Senate; every Republican voted for it,” Graham told Fox News.
“When Title 42 goes away as a deportation tool, you are going to double the number of illegal immigrants coming into the country in about a week. We are going to have 100,000 illegals coming across the border a week, in about a week, and he has done nothing to fix the problem; he has never been to the border. It is so unconscionable for him not to go to the border and listen to the agents and people trying to control the border, what life is like along our southern border,” Graham added.
“The fact that he doesn’t go shows to me he’s disconnected and he doesn’t give a damn. If he really gave a damn about what’s going on at the border — yeah, he doesn’t have to drop f-bombs at the White House,” he said, in reference to a book that claimed Biden was cursing at White House staff over illegal immigration in the early stages of his administration.
“Get your ass out of the White House and go to the border! Get your ass out of the White House and go to the border,” Graham demanded.
He added that in 2022, “1.3 million people have crossed our border illegally, less than 70,000 have actually been deported this year. That is a record-low number.”