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Biden’s Border Policy Could Lead To Legal Trouble: Lindsey Graham

 June 24, 2024

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did not hold back his criticism of Democrats during his recent interview on Fox News Channel’s Fox News Sunday.

Graham argued that Democratic criticisms of the Supreme Court are a diversionary tactic to shift focus away from President Joe Biden's handling of U.S. border policies and that the commander in chief should be hoping that the panel issues as broad grant of presidential immunity to protect him from the consequences of his border stance, as the Washington Examiner reports.

The conversation focused on Democrats' recent criticisms of the Supreme Court and the possibility of the Senate enforcing an ethics code on the high court. Graham suggested that these actions were primarily aimed at diverting attention from President Biden's controversial border policies.

The Border Policy That Raised Concerns

Graham highlighted his concerns regarding Biden’s use of the parole statute to manage capacity issues at the border.

He pointed out that Biden has granted parole to a million individuals compared to only about 5,600 during Trump’s administration. His particular focus was on the case of Laken Riley’s murderer, who was released due to capacity issues in El Paso under the parole statute.

According to Graham, the parole statute does not legally justify releasing individuals due to full capacity. He believes this is an overreach and outside the scope of what the statute allows.

Legal Implications of Biden’s Actions

One of the significant assertions from Graham was about the legal consequences Biden might face.

Graham suggested that if the Supreme Court does not affirm presidential immunity, Biden could be subject to criminal prosecution. This reference was specifically linked to Biden's border policies which, according to Graham, have allowed convicted individuals to be released and subsequently commit serious crimes. “Joe Biden better hope and pray there’s presidential immunity,” Graham said. He emphasized that Biden’s decision to release Laken Riley’s killer under the parole statute could lead to lawsuits and even criminal prosecution.

The Events Leading to Criticism

Graham articulated that Biden’s border management has been "beyond reckless" in terms of enforcing the law.

Riley’s case was particularly highlighted to stress the dangers of releasing individuals under the parole statute due to full capacity. Graham mentioned that the man who killed Riley had been in custody but was released because of capacity issues in El Paso. “There’s nothing in the statute that says you can go because you’re full,” Graham argued, referring to the statute’s limitations.

Linking Supreme Court Attacks to Border Policy

A critical aspect of Graham’s argument was the connection between attacks on the Supreme Court and border policy criticisms.

He suggested that the Democratic attacks on the Supreme Court are an attempt to redirect public attention from Biden's controversial decisions at the border. “All of these women who’ve been raped and murdered have one thing in common,” Graham said, “the people that killed them were in our custody and let go.”

Ethical Code for Supreme Court

The discussion also touched upon the possibility of imposing an ethics code on the Supreme Court.

Many Democrats have been vocal about their discontent with certain decisions made by the high court, and there have been talks about enforcing new ethical standards. However, Graham believes these efforts are politically motivated to cover up the pressing issues at the border.

Broader Implications for Presidential Immunity

The concept of presidential immunity is not new and has broader implications beyond the current administration..

The debate on presidential immunity extends to former President Donald Trump concerning alleged crimes. Graham’s comments highlight the ongoing debate about the limits of presidential actions and their legal protection under immunity.

Looking Ahead: The Legal Landscape

Moving forward, the legal proceedings and decisions related to presidential immunity will be crucial.

Graham's remarks underscore the importance of the Supreme Court's role in defining the boundaries of presidential actions and their legality. This developing situation emphasizes the potential legal challenges faced by presidents, past and present.

In conclusion, Sen. Lindsey Graham's recent remarks on Fox News Sunday bring attention to the complex interplay between Supreme Court criticisms and border policy management. Graham’s arguments suggest that current Democratic attacks on the Supreme Court are a strategic move to divert attention away from President Biden's border policies.

He expressed concern over Biden's use of the parole statute and the potential legal ramifications if presidential immunity is not upheld by the high court. This issue, intertwined with broader debates on presidential actions and legal protections, continues to unfold with significant implications for the current and future administrations.