Biden’s AG pick can’t say whether illegally crossing the border is a crime

Biden’s AG pick can’t say whether illegally crossing the border is a crime
Barack Obama announces nomination of Merrick Garland as Joe Biden looks on. (Image: YouTube screen grab)

By K. Walker

Merrick Garland was Barack Obama’s pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Boy, did the country ever dodge a bullet there.

But now Joe Biden, who is committed to creating an Obama administration 2.0, is attempting to award Garland with the position of prominence Republicans in the Senate denied him. Biden has nominated the judge for the all-important position of America’s top cop.

Garland’s confirmation hearing to become the new U.S. attorney general was filled with some eyebrow-raising moments. One occurred when he was asked by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) whether he would continue to consider illegal border crossings a crime. His jaw-dropping answer is that he hadn’t thought about it. When pressed on whether he would continue to prosecute such crossings, he couldn’t give a definitive reply. Watch:

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Josh Hawley: — talk a little bit more about the law enforcement challenges at the border, which I know a number of other members have brought up with you. Just a fundamental question: Do you believe that illegal entry at America’s borders should remain a crime?

Merrick Garland: Well, I haven’t thought about that question. Uh, I just haven’t thought about that question. I think, you know, the President has made clear that we are a country with borders and with a concern about national security. I don’t know of a proposal to decriminalize but still make it unlawful to enter. I just don’t know the answer to that question. I haven’t thought about it.

Hawley: Will you continue to prosecute unlawful border crossings?

Garland: Well, this is again a question of allocation of resources. We will, — the Department will prevent unlawful crossing. I don’t know — you know, I have to admit I just don’t know exactly what the conditions are and how this is done. I think if — I don’t know what the current program even is with respect to this. So, I assume that the answer would be yes but I don’t know what —

This man was the Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and he doesn’t know if he thinks unlawful entry into the United States should be considered a crime?! He hasn’t even thought about it?!

Garland was also apparently unaware that drug cartels were gaming the asylum system to tie up the Department of Homeland Security with bogus claims. No, for real. He really admitted that he was ignorant of this. Reminder: This man was Obama’s pick for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court,

He started off the hearing by committing to fighting domestic terrorism. But it’s not what you think. He was not referring to home-grown ISIS cells within the United States. Rather he was referring to people like the “white supremacists” who stormed Congress on Jan. 6.

When asked whether the Antifa attacks on the federal courthouse in Portland were further examples of domestic terrorism, he explained that they weren’t because they happened at night.

He was apparently invoking the little known Domestic Terrorism Can’t Happen At Night clause!

Does that mean that if the Oklahoma City bombing was carried out at night it wouldn’t have been an act of domestic terrorism?

Joe Biden has nominated all sorts of “characters” to serve in his cabinet, many of whom the Republicans will need to do their best to reject. Who knew Merrick Garland would turn out to be another of them?

Cross-posted at Clash Daily

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