Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham said President Joe Biden should apologize to Border Patrol officers for the conditions at the facilities where thousands of migrant children are staying.
Senator Graham said that President Biden’s decisions to end Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy was behind the latest surge, saying that Border Patrol officers told Senators during a visit to the border last week that they had warned President Biden’s team that such a surge would occur if the policy from Trump administration was halted.
“They were told this. They did this anyway,” Graham said. “He needs to apologize, President Biden, to the Border Patrol agents and their families for putting them through this.”
“These facilities are being overrun. Ten percent of these kids are COVID-positive,” the senator added. “You’ve got a facility designed for 80 kids with about a thousand in it, so that’s pretty bad.”
Federal Emergency Management Agency stated that the rate of COVID-19 among the children at the facilities is 6 percent.
The Senator also added that the current situation is a “complete loss of sovereignty” at the border.
Graham’s remarks come as Biden’s administration has remained firm in its promise not to deport unaccompanied minors without adjudication of their asylum claims, arguing it is the only humane response to children and teens who come to the U.S.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the current administration was seeking “a different approach than the last admin” on immigration.
“What we’re really talking about is children, and we’re handling that in the most humane … way,” she said on “Fox News Sunday.”