Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday, March 23, blasted the Biden administration for its handling of a growing crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border.
Graham said he, along with 18 other senators, will shut down the Senate if the Biden administration rejects their upcoming visit to the border.
“I am going down [to the Mexican border] with 18 senators Friday, and if I am denied the ability to look into any place I want to go, we are going to shut the Senate down,” Graham told Fox News’ host Sean Hannity.
The senator railed against “liberal hypocrites” who protested under the Trump administration over the border situation and accused the former president of housing migrants in “concentration camps” and “cages” but keep silent when it comes to the Biden administration.
Graham pointed to Vice President Kamala Harris, who joined a protest held outside a Trump-era detention center in the Everglades near Homestead, Florida, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) who went viral in 2019 after previously unseen photos of her crying near a migrant detention center were released.
“Where are all the liberal hypocrites? Where is AOC, where’s Elizabeth Warren—or Vice President Harris …” Graham continued. “Here’s my message: President Biden and Vice President Harris, with all due respect, get off your a** and go to the border and look and see what you have caused by policies that will not work. Quit denying the obvious. This is not a crisis; it’s beyond a crisis.”
Graham’s remarks came after photos leaked from inside border facilities revealed crowded, makeshift conditions while the Biden administration denies a crisis at the border.
Since Biden took office, Ocasio-Cortez, a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, has only spoken out twice against Biden’s handling of the migrant surge and subsequent border crisis and stays silent when asked about a possible trip to the border.
Biden told migrants not to come over as his administration scrambles to respond to a surge of unaccompanied migrant children coming into the country.
“I can say quite clearly don’t come over,” Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopolous in an interview last week. “So don’t leave your town or city or community. We’re gonna make sure we have facilities in those cities and towns run by department of—by DHS and also access with HHS, the Health and Human Services, to say you can apply for asylum from where you are right now.”
Biden later said he knows “what is going on in those facilities” and that he will visit the border “at some point.”
Meanwhile, Harris laughed it off when asked if she planned to visit the southern border amid the migrant crisis.