Merrick Garland, President Biden’s pick to lead the Justice Department, said on Monday that he had not considered whether illegal entry to the southern border was a crime.

Garland was asked by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., If he believes that “illegal entry into the US border should be a crime?”

Merrickland Police did not support notifying the police

“Well, I haven’t thought about that question. I haven’t thought of that question yet,” Garland replied. “I think the President has clarified that we are a country with borders and with national security concerns. I do not know of the proposal to decriminalize it, but it is illegal to file it anyway. I don’t know the answer right now.” You know. That question. I didn’t think about it. “

In recent years, attempts to cross the border illegally from Left Democrats and immigrant activist groups have suffered a setback. Most notably, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. The 2020 presidential forum included a pledge to decriminalize the illegal border, making it a civil rather than a criminal offense.

Merrick Garland: Live Update

But Republicans have expressed concern about the Biden administration adopting a radical agenda on immigration in a case of moves reversing Trump-era policies. This week, Republicans in the House accused Biden of pursuing a “far-left” agenda that is exacerbating the border crisis.

The Garland Islands is ‘no ray’, applying for a lieutenant in a plot for the Russian Origins of South Korea.

The Biden administration has moved to enforce a 100-day moratorium on deportations – a move that has so far been blocked due to litigation. There is then narrow guidance as to who will be targeted for arrest and deportation.

Meanwhile, Biden has stopped building the wall on the southern border and moved to roll back migrant security protocols that keep migrants in Mexico as their cases are heard.

Separately, Democrats have introduced a Biden-backed bill that includes an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants in the country.

Spike in illegal border crossing gives rise to COVID-19 epidemic concerns

Hawley pressed Garland again on Tuesday, asking if the Justice Department under his leadership would prosecute illegal border crossings – Garland said there was a question of “allocation of resources”.

“We will, the department prevent illegal crossings,” he said. “I don’t know … I have to admit that I don’t understand, know precisely, what the conditions are and how it’s done. I think if, I don’t know that the current program is also respected. What’s with that. For this. ”

“So, I think the answer would be yes, but I don’t know what the issues are around it,” he replied.