19 senators at border blast Biden: Let media see ‘the tragedy’

After a gun-boat tour Friday of the Rio Grande and visits to overwhelmed border facilities amid the migrant surge, a delegation of 19 Republican senators expressed outrage, accusing President Biden of painting a false picture of the situation while blocking media from direct access.

“It’s time to let the press in to see what is happening and the tragedy that this administration has brought on to our nation,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., at a news conference with the border river in the background.

Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana accused the Biden administration of commiting an “unforced error” amid a “caustic political environment” in which “if one side is doing it, and it happens to be going well, the other side wants to undo it.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said the president and the vice president need to do “what we just did; they need to come down here, they need to listen and they need to learn.”

“Here’s what I’ve learned,” he said. “We have an upside-down border policy in America.”

He explained he means that “we have open borders on the southern border.”

“And by the way, the people who are coming in, who are released immediately almost, are not tested, at all” for COVID-19.

Several senators mentioned the horror of coming across the dead body of a migrant child floating in the river.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has been in Congress since 1993, called it the most important trip he’s ever taken as a lawmaker.

He said Brian Hastings, the chief Border Patrol agent, told the senators that he breifed Biden transition team members and warned them what would happen of if they reversed the previous administration’s border policies, including Remain in Mexico and laws allowing unaccompanied minors to be sent home.

“They knew,” Graham said. “If the Trump administration had been told something and they did the opposite and it blew up in their face, everybody would be asking the Trump administration, ‘What did you know and when did you know it’?

“Everything they said would happen happened,” he said.

Graham said he’s going to find out who Hastings talked to “and memorialize that conversation and hold them accountable.”

“Because they knew, and when they say this is a Trump problem, they are lying,” the South Carolina senator said. “This is a problem of their own making.”

As WND reported, a delegation of House Republicans led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy visited the border two weeks ago and made a similar plea to Biden to act.

Sen. James Lankford posted video on Twitter of migrant children in what critics are describing as “Biden’s cages”:

 

Graham said Biden made the problem worse at his “nightmare” press conference Thursday by promising to expand the number of migrants the U.S. can take.

“He said when a child has a phone number on the wrist he’s going to call the family member and unite that family,” Graham said of Biden.

“This is uniting illegal immigration.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., noted that the person Biden put in charge of handling the surge, Vice President Kamala Harris, compared ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, to the Ku Klux Klan when she was a senator.

“This is sad, this is tragic, this didn’t have to happen,” he said of the crisis. “There’s a word for what is happening at our border: it’s insanity.”

‘The madness has to stop’

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., noted that the immigrants were “not running away from the Border Patrol agents, they are running to them.”

Agents, he said, have been turned into “social workers, baby sitters and cafeteria workers.”

Cotton said Biden needs to tell potential migrants: “Do not leave your home, do not come to our country. If you do, you will be sent home.”

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