Ted Cruz Says Biden's Cages for Migrants 'Bigger', 'More Full' Than Ever, While No Democrat 'Cares'
21:22 GMT 19.10.2021 (Updated: 02:43 GMT 20.10.2021)
According to Customs and Border Protection's recent data, under the regulations implemented by the Trump administration in March 2020 and still maintained by the Biden administration, the US has immediately expelled more than 1.1 million asylum-seeking migrants on the southern border, while more and more of them are still seeking refuge.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said on Tuesday that cages designated for migrant children are "bigger" and "more full" than ever before, blasting the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis.
In an interview with
Fox News' "America's Newsroom," the senator claimed that the Biden administration's policy is based on "secrecy."
"What is happening at the southern border is an absolute tragedy. We’ve had over 1.3 million people cross illegally. We are on the path to have over 2 million people cross," Cruz said. "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris caused this. Their entire strategy is: ignore it - and they are counting on the corrupt corporate media to ignore it."
Cruz also specifically responded to the reports
that the US authorities are allegedly secretly redirecting migrant children to reception centers throughout the country via night flights, saying, "Of course they fly in the middle of the night because they have no defense."
Furthermore, the Republican senator commented on the media and Democrats' frequent criticism that the Trump administration was allegedly holding illegal migrants in cages pending their asylum cases.
"Every Democrat for 4 years said ‘kids in cages, kids in cages.’ The Biden cages are bigger and are more full than we’ve ever had in this country and not a single Democrat cares," Cruz stressed. "It is an absolute disaster. And I’ve got to tell you, my home state of Texas is bearing the brunt of this catastrophe that is unfolding because of political decisions made by Joe Biden and made by Kamala Harris."
Just last month, Cruz dared Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York to "cry in front of the Biden cages," referring to her famous 2018 photo where she appeared to be crying in front of a chain-link fence at a facility where illegal migrants were being kept by the authorities.
29 September 2021, 23:23 GMT
Cruz Proposes New Border Entry Point Across the Blue States
Earlier in the day, Cruz filed legislation
to move illegal immigration detention camps closer to where the "Democrat elites" hold their "cocktail parties."
Speaking about the Stop the Surge of Unsafe Rio Grande Encampments (SURGE) Act, the senator said that President Biden and his administration had "willingly surrendered
the United States’ southern border to dangerous criminal cartels" without "thought given to the South Texas border communities like McAllen and Del Rio," which are bearing the brunt of the consequences.
"That’s why today I am introducing this crucial legislation to alleviate the massive overload at the southern border by establishing new ports of entry in Democrat-led communities such as North Hero, Vermont, where Bernie Sanders spends his summers, and Martha’s Vineyard, where Democrat elites host their cocktail parties," Cruz stated.
If Democrats in Washington "had to endure even a fraction of the suffering" experienced by "families, ranchers, and small businesses" in South Texas, the senator said, "immigration laws would be enforced, the wall would be built, and the Remain in Mexico policy would be re-implemented."
"My Democrat colleagues have hosted hearing after hearing on amnesty and federalizing elections while completely ignoring the crisis at our southern border," Cruz said in the release. "From my time this year on the ground in Laredo and Del Rio, it is abundantly clear that President Biden has all but abandoned our border patrol agents and processing facilities, and left Texas communities to fend for themselves."
He added that Biden and Democrats must "step up to defend our southern border and support our heroic Customs and Border Protection officials."
The Stop the SURGE Act would establish 13 additional immigration processing centers across the country, including Martha's Vineyard, New York's Governor's Island, and Palo Alto, California.
According to the press release, the law would "require insulated communities to help shoulder the burdens of their preferred open-border policies" and "mandate that all illegal aliens encountered at Border Patrol Sectors in Texas be transferred to these new ports for processing."
In total, based on the CBP data
, more than 1.5 million undocumented migrants have entered the US illegally since October 2020, including more than 200,000 in August.
Immigrant rights organizations have repeatedly contended that the immediate expulsion of asylum-seekers as practiced by the US government violates both domestic and international refugee law.