Senator Lindsey Graham vowed on Sunday that the U.S. government will not allow the release of border-jumpers currently held in immigration detention facilities.
The South Carolina Republican said on the Fox News 'Sunday Morning Futures' program that many men pictured Friday in disturbing photos during a visit from Vice President Mike Pence were repeat criminals – and all of them broke the law by sneaking into the U.S.
'They came here illegally, 700-and-something adult males, with criminal backgrounds by many of them, repeat offenders who've been caught before,' said Graham. 'We're not going to let them go.'
'And I don't care if we have to build tents from Texas to Oklahoma. We're not going to let these people go. They're going to have their day in court. We're going to send them back,' he said.
'I'm willing to buy beds for these people, so they will have a better place to get a night's sleep, but I'm not going to let them go,' Graham added.
The senator cited statistics to make a case that America's seam-busting immigration jails will soon burst.
'We have had 280,000 people captured at this area of the border this year. Last year, it was 120,000. We have released 52,000 because we can't hold them,' he said. 'By next year, there will be a half a million.'
'If you can set one foot on American soul and claim asylum, you're entitled to a hearing. The hearing is years away. You never show up. So you get here home-free.'
'What did I see?' Graham asked. 'Fifty-two thousand people have been released into the interior of the United States from this one Border Patrol area alone. What did I see? A system about to break.'
Trump claimed Sunday morning that Pence's firsthand look at a detention center proved reports of filth and sickness are 'fake.'
President Donald Trump said the vice president's tour of a border detention facility in Texas on Friday shows that the centers are 'clean but overcrowded,' claiming reports of horrific conditions are just 'fake news'
Trump claims that specifically the children's facilities are 'well run' and 'clean,' despite reports of filth, sickness and an awful stench
'Friday's tour showed vividly, to politicians and the media, how well run and clean the children's detention centers are.