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Lindsey Graham Blasts DHS Chief Mayorkas Over Border Crisis, Demands 'Change Course'

Lindsey Graham Blasts DHS Chief Mayorkas Over Border Crisis, Demands 'Change Course'
Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Thursday, 18 March 2021 04:42 PM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Thursday pounced on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the escalating southern border crisis, warning him to “change course or change jobs.”

In a scathing critique of Mayorkas’ testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee, Graham tweeted his frustration with the Biden administration’s handling of the surge of illegal immigrants at the border — with no end in sight.

"It is clear to me the Biden administration has lost control of the border. Under its current leadership, it doesn’t have either the will or capability to fix the problem," Graham wrote.

He went on to praise former President Donald Trump’s border policy, and urged the administration to learn from it.

"The solutions are obvious but will require an understanding that the Biden administration’s early policy choices – to abandon Trump’s successful border policies – was a mistake,” Graham wrote.

“It is time for DHS Secretary Mayorkas to change course or change jobs.”

Graham said swift action will be crucial to regain control of the border.

"Unless there is immediate and drastic change, the worse is yet to come — by far,” he wrote.

Graham linked his blistering comments to a CBS News report on the House hearing at which Mayorkas bristled at questioning from Republican lawmakers.

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., the ranking member of the committee who traveled with his GOP colleagues to the border, blasted the Biden administration's words and actions for precipitating the surge. 

"I can tell you without hesitation it is indeed a crisis that continues to deepen each and every day," said Katko. "I am very concerned the administration's rhetoric and policies are encouraging more to make this dangerous journey."

Pressed by GOP lawmakers on whether the situation amounted to a crisis, Mayorkas lashed back, saying: "I'm not spending any time on the language that we use,” CBS News reported.

According to Fox News, Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., was one of the lawmakers who got into it with Mayorkas, asking him "how many more" people would "have to be kidnapped" before the secretary decides to "take action."

Mayorkas snapped back the question was "extraordinarily disrespectful,” Fox News reported.

Mayorkas also pushed back during the hearing by reminding the committee of the Trump administration's decision to forcibly separate migrant children from their families as part of a zero-tolerance campaign, prompting national outrage.

“A crisis is when a nation is willing to rip a 9-year-old child out of the hands of his or her parent and separate that family to deter future migration," Mayorkas said. "That, to me, is a humanitarian crisis.”

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