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Lindsey Graham says tens of thousands of Brazilian immigrants in designer clothes and Gucci bags are headed for Connecticut

Lindsey Graham says tens of thousands of Brazilian immigrants in designer clothes and Gucci bags are headed for Connecticut

Sen. Lindsey Graham, an outspoken critic of President Joe Bidens immigration policies, said wealthy Brazilians were crossing the border illegally and heading to Connecticut in designer clothes and Gucci bags.

Graham, R-S.C., was critical of the administration's intention to curtail large-scale immigration arrests at job sites, with plans for a new approach to target employers who pay substandard wages and engage in exploitative labor practices in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

"What [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas did today, calling off all the raids of worksite, is going to be another incentive for people to come, because the word is out," Graham said. You come, you claim asylum, and you never leave. The policies of Biden are now being adopted throughout the globe."

The senator, who recently visited the border in Arizona, said that 40,000 Brazilians had come through the Yuma Sector alone, heading to Connecticut in designer clothes and Gucci bags. This isn't more "economic migration."

"People see an open America," he added. They're taking advantage of us. "It won't be long before a terrorist appears in this crowd."

Graham addressed his views in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday.

"Usually when you go to the border, you'll see people who are dressed a little bit ghoulish and who look like they've been through hell," he said. "There were dozens of people checking into Yuma and looking like they were checking in at a hotel," he added.

"This is something new," he added. "I'd advise the Biden administration to do what the Obama administration did and send them back," Biken said.

Graham claimed that Connecticut was a destination, along with two other states he didn't remember based on what 'a Border Patrol agent told him about the Brazilian population'.

Kevin Bishop, a Graham spokesman, supported the senator's comments, calling on him to state what he learned during his recent border visit and news reports about Brazilian immigrants. Bishop provided photographs of luggage and shoes taken at the border.

"Millions of Brazilians have come through," Bishop said. "As Senator Graham observed in Yuma, the luggage was prettier than his own."

None of the luggage in the photos provided to The Post appeared to be Gucci. The most noticeable clothing in the photos was a pair of reasonably clean Puma tennis shoes with no shoelaces.

"We saw luggage and attire that's very unusual for someone who would be supposedly travelling through the desert on a long journey into the United States," Bishop said. "No dust or mud on them. "But they do have luggage with the airline bag check attached."

Graham said he plans to speak with the Brazilian ambassador to the United States.

"This has to change," he added. "I think what's going on is that the rumor has spread that if you go to America, you'll be able to stay and live." Brazil's situation is "deteriorating right now."

3,400 migrants - mostly from Brazil, Venezuela, and Cuba spent the weekend in Border Patrol holding facilities in Yuma, according to a report from the Yump County sheriff.

According to Customs and Border Protection data, record numbers of Brazilians have been arrested at the southern U.S. border this year. In the first 11 months of fiscal 2021, more than 46,200 Brazilians were arrested. The number for the entire year was just under 17,900. Brazilians are now the No. 6 most-detained nationality.

The Brazilians are believed to be a part of broader wave of Latin American migrants fleeing southeastern Europe, still struggling to contain the coronavirus epidemic and high unemployment, who are hoping for softer treatment from the White House than they would have received under President Donald Trump. Since 2018, when right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro was elected president, the Brazilian migration to the United States has increased significantly.

If they were from Mexico or the Northern Triangle countries - Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador they would be released immediately, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement is considering releasing these individuals coming from other countries after the Border Patrol processes them and turns them over.

Those who can prove they are subject to persecution in their homelands may be eligible for asylum. However, due to backlogs in the United States immigration courts, those who are released in America may often remain in their homes for years while their cases are being processed.

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