Ahead of a hearing on the crisis at the southern border and a Senate vote on President Trump’s national emergency declaration, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said the U.S. is being “flooded” with illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border.

“I was blown away,” Graham said, noting that the number of families apprehended at the border is up 335 percent over the past year, while the number of unaccompanied minors in custody is up 54 percent.

He added that the average cost of housing an unaccompanied minor is $375 a day, which puts the U.S. on pace to spend $1.6 billion in 2019.


“If this is not a crisis, what the hell would be?” Graham said. “We’re being flooded. The numbers are just through the roof.”