Sen. Lindsey Graham is claiming that Brazilian immigrants are arriving at the border 'wearing designer clothes and Gucci bags'
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina this week claimed he saw Brazilian immigrants in Yuma carrying Gucci suitcases and wearing designer clothes.
Senator Lindsey Graham claims that Brazilian immigrants wearing designer clothes are trying to enter the United States.
Graham made this claim to Fox News host Sean Hannity and The Washington Post.
However, pictures his spokesman sent to The Post did not appear to show any person carrying Gucci bags.
Senator Lindsey Graham claims that immigrants from Brazil enter the United States across the Mexican border "in designer clothes and Gucci bags".
Graham made the statement to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday while criticizing the Biden administration's border policies.
"We had 40,000 Brazilians who came to Connecticut through the Yuma sector alone, wearing designer clothes and Gucci bags," the South Carolina senator told Fox News. "This is no longer economic migration. People see an open America. They are taking advantage of us. And it won't be long before a terrorist invades this crowd."
Graham reiterated these claims in an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, explaining what he said to Hannity while telling the Post what he saw during his recent trip to Yuma, Arizona.
"Usually when you go to the border you see people dressed really secluded and looking like they've been through hell," he told the Post. "At Yuma's this time around, there were dozen who looked like they were checking into a hotel, and they were smartly dressed."
"This is something new. I would advise the Biden administration to do what the Obama administration did and they fly back," said Graham, adding that he is Connecticut and two other states that it does not subscribe to Could instantly remember for "goals" held up.
Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for Graham's office, also provided The Post with additional comments and photos he believes were taken during the Yuma trip.
"They let thousands of Brazilians get through there," Bishop told The Post. "As Senator Graham remarked in Yuma, the luggage was nicer than his own."
However, the Post wrote that none of the cases in the photos sent to them appeared to be Gucci products. Graham's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
It is unclear where Graham got the figure of 40,000 immigrants from or where he got the information that these migrants were on their way to Connecticut. It is true, however, that a record number of Brazilians were arrested on the US southern border this year. According to customs and border protection data, more than 46,200 Brazilians were arrested on the southern border in the 2021 financial year to date.
The Wall Street Journal also reported this week that there are middle-class migrants flying into Mexico and then trying to illegally cross the US border. The news agency wrote that this wave of Brazilian migrants may be slightly wealthier than other refugees, but is likely to be pushed to flee to the US due to the serious economic problems they face in their home country.
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