Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSunday shows preview: Spotlight on Georgia voting law; lawmakers tackle gun violence, border surge GOP looks to squeeze Biden, Democrats on border Sanders creates new headache for Biden on taxes MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenBiden’s prediction on Afghanistan withdrawal spurs doubts Trump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Trump says he’ll likely visit southern border soon MORE should “apologize” to Border Patrol agents for the conditions at facilities where the agency is housing thousands of migrant children who arrived at the border unaccompanied by parents or guardians.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceFox’s Chris Wallace knocks Biden for reading ‘talking points’ Sunday shows – Biden administration grapples with border surge Cotton: Democrats’ infrastructure bill will be focused on higher taxes, ‘Green New Deal’ MORE that Biden’s decision to end the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy was behind the latest surge, adding that Border Patrol agents told senators during a visit by a congressional delegation to the border last week that they had warned Biden’s transition team thath such a surge would occur if the policy was ended.
“They were told this, they did this anyway,” Graham said, adding that Biden should apologize to Border Patrol agents for “putting them in this situation.”
“These facilities are being overrun. Ten percent of these kids are COVID-positive,” the senator continued, adding: “You’ve got a facility designed for about 80 kids, it’s holding about 2,000.”
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has said the race of COVID-19 among migrants at the border is 6 percent, a little less than the 7.4 percent rate in Texas earlier this month.
Graham went on to add that the current situation represented a “complete loss of sovereignty” at the border.
His comments come as the White House has remained firm on its vow to not deport unaccompanied minors without adjudication of their asylum claims, a position the administration has argued is the only humane response to children and teens who make the arduous journey to the U.S. often alone.
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSunday shows preview: Spotlight on Georgia voting law; lawmakers tackle gun violence, border surge New York Democrat calls on White House to reverse ‘old school’ marijuana policy while admitting own past use Overnight Defense: US offers to help with ship stuck in Suez Canal | DC Guard chief tapped to lead House security | More troops accepting COVID-19 vaccine MORE argued Sunday that the White House was seeking “a different approach than the last administration” 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.”