Graham says Biden should apologize to Border Patrol officers

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses MORE (R-S.C.) said Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE should "apologize" to Border Patrol agents for the conditions at facilities where the agency is housing thousands of migrant children who arrived at the border unaccompanied by parents or guardians.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Graham told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE that Biden's decision to end the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy was behind the latest surge, adding that Border Patrol agents told senators during a visit to the border by a congressional delegation last week that they had warned Biden's transition team that such a surge would occur if the policy was ended.

"They were told this. They did this anyway," Graham said. "He needs to apologize, President Biden, to the Border Patrol agents and their families for putting them through this."

"These facilities are being overrun. Ten percent of these kids are COVID-positive," the senator added. "You've got a facility designed for 80 kids with about a thousand in it, so that's pretty bad."

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has said the rate of COVID-19 among migrants at the border is 6 percent, a little less than the 7.4 percent rate in Texas earlier this month.

Graham went on to add that the current situation represented a "complete loss of sovereignty" at the border.

His comments come as the White House has remained firmĀ in its vow to not deport unaccompanied minors without adjudication of their asylum claims, a position the administration has argued is the only humane response to children and teens who make the arduous journey to the U.S., often alone.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House debates vaccines for air travel France's Macron to speak to Biden about submarine deal Why does Biden's vaccine mandate not apply to welfare recipients and others? MORE argued Sunday that the White House was seeking "a different approach than the last administration" on immigration.

"What we're really talking about is children, and we're handling that in the most humane ... way," she said on "Fox News Sunday."

Updated at 1:02 p.m. to correct a quote where Sen. Graham referred to 1,000, not 2,000, migrants being held in a shelter originally built for 80.