A group of Republican senators demanded the Biden administration pay attention to the humanitarian and national security disaster at the southern U.S. border after a midnight trip with Border Patrol agents.
Coming face to face with a group of migrants who had illegally crossed into the U.S., Sen. Ted Cruz recounted the “horrifying” situation he witnessed in the Rio Grande Valley and, in particular, the plight of children.
This week, I led a group of senators down to our southern border.
On this episode of Verdict, I bring you along every step of the way: from a Border Patrol tactical boat on the Rio Grande to a ride along with agents on watch.https://t.co/gEKLzSVB5n pic.twitter.com/kpUB0XosuN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 30, 2023
“There was one little girl who’s 13 years old” and had “no family with her,” the Texas Republican said during a press conference in Anzalduas Park after his midnight patrol last week in which he encountered 20 illegal aliens who had turned themselves in to Border Patrol.
“There was another little girl who was 16 years old. She had no family with her,” Cruz continued. “There was a little boy who was 15 years old. He had no family with him.”
The senator recounted how he asked the minors “about the violence they’d faced on the travel over—the look in those kids’ faces was horrifying.”
During a midnight patrol with agents, @SenTedCruz says he encountered a “disturbing” situation.
There was 10-year-old girl with a “man who said he was her father,” but “it was obvious to anyone who’s ever seen a father and daughter that these two were not related.” pic.twitter.com/jlMR2Fs7kk
— Virginia Allen (@Virginia_Allen5) October 27, 2023
In another instance, he spoke of the “disturbing” conversation he had with a 10-year-old girl who was with a “man who said he was her father with his arm draped forcefully around her,” adding that “it was obvious to anyone who’s ever seen a father and daughter that these two were not related.”
“At one point when we asked about her mother,” Cruz said, “we saw her look to the man who was claiming to be her dad, wondering what’s the answer supposed to be?”
The lawmaker issued a “simple message” to President Joe Biden and Democrats: “Come to the border.”
I have a message for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris:
Come to the border.
Come and look in the eyes of the children who’ve been abused and trafficked through your open border.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 30, 2023
The administration’s refusal to do its job has forced Texas to defend its own border, building its own border wall in spite of Biden’s minions.
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) joined Cruz in the Rio Grande Valley along with GOP Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah and Nebraska’s Pete Ricketts.
I am glad that @SenTedCruz & I could bring some of our colleagues down to the Rio Grande Valley to learn from the experts on the front lines of the border crisis.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) October 27, 2023
“America’s southern border is the world’s worst-kept secret,” Cornyn said Monday in a speech from the Senate floor.
“If we’re going to deliver consequences, which means to deter more people from coming, that means ending catch and release – which is the policy of the Biden administration – and removing people who have no legal reason to remain in the United States,” he said. “Until the administration starts deterring would-be migrants with frivolous asylum claims from even approaching our border, we will remain in a constant state of crisis.”
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