President Joe Biden’s pick for Attorney General refused to answer whether crossing the border illegally is a crime.
Garland was appearing at his nomination for AG hearing on Monday and Sen. Josh Hawley asked the nominee whether he believes that illegally crossing our borders should remain a crime.
“Do you believe that illegal entry at America’s borders should remain a crime?” Hawley asked.
“I haven’t thought about that question… aahhhh… auhhhhhhhh… I just haven’t thought about that question,” Garland astonishingly replied.
“I think the uhh, the uhhhh, president has, uhh, made clear that we are a country of ah with borders and uh a concern about national security. Um, I don’t know of proposal to uh decriminalize, but uh, still make it unlawful to uh, enter.”
This wasn’t going anywhere so Sen. Hawley asked if he will continue to prosecute unlawful border crossings?
“This is again, ah, uh, a question of allocation of resources. We will uh, the department, will um ah um, I don’t know,” Garland continued… What?!
When asked by Sen. Hawley whether he considers Antifa and BLM attacks on the courthouse in Portland to be “domestic terrorism,” Garland responded that he might not, because those attacks happened at night.
SEN. JOSH HAWLEY (R-MO): Judge Garland, I’d like to 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, BIDEN AG NOMINEE: Well, I haven’t thought about that question. I just haven’t thought about that question. I think, you know, the president has made clear that we are a country of, with a 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 on 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. I 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, if there, so I assume that the answer would be yes, but I don’t know what the issues around surrounding it are.