With 30,000 border crossers encountered in the U.S. in 2022 having criminal records, the crisis along the border continues to bring more bad news to law enforcement.
With the Biden administration's easing of the Trump administration's immigration policies, Republican lawmakers have continued to criticize the President as being soft on illegal immigration.
This is the subject of Rep. Carlos Gimenez's (R-FL-26) recent appearance on Fox Business Tonight.
"The Biden administration worries more about illegal criminals than the American people," Gimenez tweets, adding that "NOTHING this administration does makes sense."
🚨The Biden administration worries more about illegal criminals than the American people.
NOTHING this administration does makes sense. pic.twitter.com/eqMsrOr4QU
— Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) November 29, 2022
Host David Asman asks the "million dollar question:" For what reason is Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas not pushing to detain criminal aliens who can do Americans harm? Gimenez says, "I haven't the faintest idea." He further ridicules the Biden administration's handling of the border, saying "there's nothing this administration does that makes any sense whatsoever."
"The bottom line, though," replies Asman, "is that Floridians are getting harmed." He asks Gimenez if any of these border crossers have killed anyone in Florida. While Gimenez does not cite a specific case, he says that he is "sure there have been."
However, Gimenez adds that ultimately, "it's a question of, "they've committed crimes here in the United States, we know they're criminals, they are now loose, and they won't be deported."
Gimenez also points out that federal law requires the deportation of illegal immigrants with criminal records. Despite this, "this administration seems to think they're above the law."
Asman clarifies that these criminal aliens "are not all loose." By this, he means Florida has arrested some of these people, but detaining them is a costly $130 million. He asks Gimenez if Florida can expect to get any of that money back. Gimenez only says "good luck with that."
He cites his attempt at receiving compensation during his stint as mayor of Miami-Dade County, and postulates that if it costs Florida $130 million to detain criminal aliens for deportation, then nationwide costs are likely well over $1 billion.
"We need to send these criminals, known criminals, back to their country of origin, so they don't put us at risk. But the Biden administration worries more about illegal criminal aliens than they do about the American people."