U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been in Tucson, AZ, touring the southern border and raising concern over President Biden’s new immigration policies.
According to KOLD13, Graham met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials where he visited parts of the unfinished section of border wall in Nogales, where construction has been halted by the Biden administration.
In a video taken of him standing in front of one unfinished section and tweeted yesterday, Graham said, “Even for the federal government, this is beyond dumb. I am just… this was worth the whole trip to see how stupid this is becoming.”
This is dumb, even by the standards of the federal government.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 19, 2021
You won’t believe this…. pic.twitter.com/N7cr3WPdKr
In a follow-up tweet today, Graham clarified, “In case anyone missed it, the only reason the hole in the wall exists is the Biden Administration refuses to finish construction. The panels are ready to be put up!”
In case anyone missed it, the only reason the hole in the wall exists is the Biden Administration refuses to finish construction.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 20, 2021
The panels are ready to be put up!
In another video tweet today, Graham said, “The Biden Administration has apparently decided to stop construction and plugging this hole in the wall. I’m going to make sure the Department of Homeland Security tells us why”
The Biden Administration has apparently decided to stop construction and plugging this hole in the wall.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 20, 2021
I'm going to make sure the Department of Homeland Security tells us why. pic.twitter.com/umNlhWuEjm
During our interview with the Senator, we questioned his concerns over the ending of the ‘Migrant Protection Protocol,’ better known as the ‘Remain in Mexico.’ As of today, thousands of asylum-seekers who had to wait for their immigration court hearings in Mexico, could soon be allowed to wait in the United States.
He calls President Biden’s decision an ‘abusive asylum process’. He said the policy should return to its original form under former President Donald Trump.
“We can’t have everybody in the world who has a bad economic situation come to America under asylum,” he said.
As thousands of families begin the process to come into the U.S., Communications Director with the Kino Border Initiative, Sara Ritchie, said there’s thousands more who are being left out.
“There’s people who are on metering lists and people who arrived after the border closure that today’s decision leaves them out,” said Ritchie.
Our reporter Carmen Valencia questioned Graham on his stance on President Biden’s newest proposal on the table, The U.S. Citizenship Act.
Graham says it has nothing for border security.
“The only way you’re going to break the illegal immigration cycle is to punish employers who hire illegals in the future,” he said.
As the City of Tucson prepares for a second surge in asylum-seekers being released into the community, we asked Graham if he will support federal funding for communities like Tucson and the local non-profits that lend a helping hand when the situation comes.
“Yeah, I’ll try to be helpful. These people gotta go somewhere.”
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