Garland On If Illegal Border Crossing Should Still Be A Crime, If He’ll Prosecute: ‘I Don’t Know’

Garland On If Illegal Border Crossing Should Still Be A Crime, If He’ll Prosecute: ‘I Don’t Know’


Biden Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland refused to commit to continuing to prosecute illegal border crossing when pressed on the issue by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) during the first day of confirmation hearings.

“Do you believe that illegal entry at America’s borders should remain a crime?” Hawley asked.

“Well, I haven’t thought about that question,” Garland responded. “I just haven’t thought about that question. I think, you know, the president has made clear that we are a country of, 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.”

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“Will you continue to prosecute on unlawful border crossings?” Hawley asked.

“Well, this is again, a question of allocation of resources,” Garland responded. “We will, the department will prevent unlawful crossing. I don’t know. I you know, I have to admit I

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