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FIRST ON FOX – South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott criticized what he called a “two-tier standard” regarding President Biden considering executive action to handle the border crisis, and how former President Trump was treated during his presidency when tried to do the same.

“Well, there’s no question that there’s a two-tier standard in our national media. The way they cover President Trump versus the way they use kid gloves to cover Joe Biden. There’s no question about that,” he said Scott during an interview Thursday. with Fox News Digital when asked about reports that Biden is weighing executive action to crack down on asylum seekers.

“However, the most important thing is that when we had President Trump in office, we actually had a basically sealed southern border. Crossings were about a thousand a day. Under President Biden in December, we had 10,000 crossings on average per day “, said. aggregate. “That contrast should be what the media is covering.”

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President Joe Biden, South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott and former President Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

An administration source told Fox earlier this week that Biden is considering executive action to restrict migrants’ ability to seek asylum amid historic border crossing numbers facing the country, but that it is one of ” several” plans that are being analyzed.

An administration official also emphasized that there have been no final decisions on what, if any, actions could be taken, and that exploring policy options does not mean they will be implemented.

One option reportedly on the table is the use of Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, which allows the president to restrict certain categories of aliens who are considered “detrimental to the interests of the United States”. Trump tried to use it but was blocked by a federal court, a ruling later confirmed by the Supreme Court.

REST OF THE HISPANIC HOUSE ACCUSE OFFER OF LEAVING THEM IN THE DARK ABOUT POSSIBLE EXECUTIVE ACTION AT THE BORDER

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South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott speaks to reporters after casting his vote in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary in Hanahan, South Carolina, on February 22, 2024. (Brandon Gillespie/Fox News)

The former president also faced harsh criticism from Democrats and members of the liberal media for attempting to use executive action on immigration, including being called “xenophobic” and “racist.”

Biden has not yet faced the same widespread level of criticism, although some of the most progressive Democrats have lashed out at the idea of ​​Biden returning to the previous administration’s approach.

“Democrats CANNOT solve immigration problems by adopting Trump-like policies,” wrote Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., in a post on X, while Rep. Jesús García, D-Ill., said: “The “President Biden would be making a serious mistake if he continues with this policy.”

DEMOCRAT IN CRUCIAL SENATE RACE UNDER CRISIS OVER PAST AMNESTY, SANCTUARY CITY’S ‘SUPPORT’ AS BORDER CRISIS EXPIRES

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The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Biden’s potential executive action comes just under two weeks after the House of Representatives narrowly voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the border crisis.

During a meeting with reporters after casting his vote in the South Carolina primary earlier that day, Scott told Fox that he “certainly” supported impeaching Mayorkas and praised the House for having the “courage” to take such action. However, he admitted that the task would likely go nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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“The best way to remove Mayorkas as secretary is to fire Joe Biden,” he said. “If we really want to change the trajectory of the country when it comes to immigration – illegal immigration – we have to do it by having someone, a commander in chief, who respects our borders, who wants to close our borders.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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