Speaking with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures on Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham spoke of what he saw at detention centers during his recent visit there. Graham said, “Fifty-two thousand people have been released into the interior of the United States from this one Border Patrol area alone. What did I see? A system about to break.” He added, “What I saw is a bunch of people who have been here before, broke the law before, and we’re not going to let them go. I don’t care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days.”
Bartiromo started the exchange by saying, “Yes, I want to talk a bit about what’s going on at these detention centers. You were with the vice president on Friday.”
Graham answered, “Yeah.”
Bartiromo pointed out, “You have been really studying this and leading this effort to change these loopholes in a big way. I want to get your take about what really you saw there, and then we’re going to show some pictures of some of the men behind bars. But, first, give us your reaction to your time on Friday.”
Graham then launched into a detailed recollection of what he had seen:
I saw a system completely overwhelmed for no good reason. Our laws are set up such that if you can bring a small child to America coming from Central America, we can only hold a child for 20 days. Then we let the entire family go because we don’t want to separate families. We can’t process a case in 20 days.
What did I see? Fifty-two thousand people have been released into the interior of the United States from this one Border Patrol area alone. What did I see? A system about to break. I saw brave men and women who are doing an incredible job under difficult circumstances.
And I’m going to introduce a resolution next week praising them, the men and women of the Border Patrol and their allies. I saw 900 illegal immigrants that were captured for coming into our country illegally housed in detention facilities that was meant for 385. So they had to put a tent in the back.
What I saw is a bunch of people who have been here before, broke the law before, and we’re not going to let them go. I don’t care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days. We’re not going to let those men go that I saw. It would be dangerous.
And also I saw that 60 different nations are sending people here illegally. We caught people from Iran, Syria, every place in the world. They’re coming through our border.
Bartiromo commented, “So, let’s take a look at what you just said. You said that the detention centers were meant to hold under 400 people.”
Graham answered, “Right.”
Bartiromo prompted Graham’s depiction of the criminals at the border by asserting, “And there’s actually 900 people in there. These pictures are some of the pictures that have unnerved people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democrats, who say, look, we have these people behind bars. You say what to those people who are looking at these adult men who are behind bars because they broke the law, they came into this country illegally?”
All of them broke our law. Many of them — many of them have done it before, and we’re not going to let them go. This is not a concentration camp that I saw. It is a facility overwhelmed.
I’m willing to buy beds for these people, so they will have a better place to get a night’s sleep, but I’m not going to let them go. And AOC and Democrats are trying to break the system, so that we let these people go. They came here illegally, 700-and-something adult males, with criminal backgrounds by many of them, repeat offenders who’ve been caught before. We’re not going to let them go. And I don’t care if we have to build tents from Texas to Oklahoma. We’re not going to let these people go. They’re going to have their day in court. We’re going to send them back.