Sen. Lindsey Graham believes that President Joe Biden’s neglect of border security is grounds for impeachment, calling it a “dereliction of duty” that is endangering Americans’ lives and the country’s security.
The South Carolina Republican’s comments came after he visited the U.S.-Mexico border in the Yuma, Ariz., sector last week and was stunned by what he saw. The sector is one of several illegal immigration hotspots along the border, which he accused Biden of being “criminally negligent” in failing to enforce the country’s laws and regulations regarding unlawful entry.
MUST SEE: Senator @LindseyGrahamSC just returned from the Yuma sector of the border and has stunning new details about an additional surge of migrants who are infiltrating our country. pic.twitter.com/IxivscsGWh
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“There’s been 100% increase in fentanyl seizures at the Yuma sector alone. Our borders are completely open, they’re porous, people are pouring in, drugs are pouring in,” Graham said.
“Here’s what I worry about: Terrorists getting in the middle of this group and killing a bunch of us,” he continued.
“The incompetence in Afghanistan of turning Afghanistan over to the terrorists, the Taliban, will allow Al Qaeda and ISIS to roam freely and an open border are going to meet one day and some terrorist is going to take advantage of this system, come here and kill a bunch of us if we don’t change,” Graham added.
“Joe Biden is criminally negligent. His administration, I think, is criminally negligent when it comes to controlling our border,” he went on. “Our men and women of the Border Patrol and ICE are under siege. They’re American heroes. You just would not believe what it’s like to work along the border.
“I don’t know how they do it and they’ve been completely abandoned by President Biden. He should be impeached over this. This is dereliction of duty and a bunch of Americans are going to get killed if we don’t change our policies quickly,” Graham said.
In addition to a surge of migrants, Mexico-based drug cartels are smuggling in fentanyl and other dangerous drugs in record amounts, according to reports. Also, according to Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, violence has also exploded along the border.
He said Sunday that cartel members have begun shooting at or near Texas National Guard troops from across the U.S.-Mexico border. Abbott has dispatched thousands of National Guard troops and state law enforcement to the border in an attempt to curb the flood of illegal immigrants pouring across the border, the Daily Wire noted.
“And the cartels on the Mexican side of the border, they’re beginning to open fire on the National Guard that Texas has down on the border to secure the border,” he told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. “This is escalating into a firing war on each side of the border where Texas and our National Guard are having to defend themselves and defend the state of Texas.”
“And so what Texas is having to do, we’re having to step up and guard multiple points across the entire border,” Abbott said.
“The Biden administration has completely abandoned all the people who live on the border, and they’ve abandoned people in the state of Texas, and Maria, these are counties and these are people who traditionally have voted Democrat that the Biden administration is ignoring, and he’s putting them in danger,” he added.
Graham is, by far, not the first Republican lawmaker to call for Biden’s impeachment.
“The American people must have full confidence in their Commander in Chief’s judgment and ability to protect our country and respond decisively to national security threats,” said a letter sent in late August to Speaker Nancy Pelosi from Reps. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, Jeff Van Drew, R-N.J., Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Yvette Herrell, R-N.M.
“We have no confidence in President Joseph R. Biden’s ability to carry out his duties as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces,” they added.
“His unilateral, reckless decision to retreat from Afghanistan was done against the advice of military and national security experts and it has now put thousands of American military personnel, citizens, and Afghan allies in grave peril,” the lawmakers continued.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” late last month, Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, said Biden is “the absolute, most incompetent commander-in-chief that we’ve ever seen.”
“[W]ith us in the minority and with [Nancy] Pelosi in charge in the House, it’s probably not going anywhere,” Babin said of the articles of impeachment that have already been filed against Biden.
“We have to have some Democrats to successfully impeach the president or anybody that he has or any of his subordinates, but many of them need to be removed,” he added.
“My good friend, Bob Gibbs from Ohio — he’s got articles of impeachment against President Biden. He’s the absolute, most incompetent commander-in-chief that we’ve ever seen, I know in my lifetime, and I’m an Army and Air Force veteran myself,” Babin said.
“And the things that he’s done on the border, stopping the great policies that President Trump came up with, and we talked about that earlier, letting thousands of COVID-positive individual migrants come across illegally into our country … unilaterally stopping the federal mandate for evictions against the warning of the Supreme Court, and then the Afghanistan debacle, having left Americans there, left $85-$90 billion worth of assets there and not having a plan to get American citizens out or our allies,” Babin added.