Mainstream media is fawning over Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about migrant detention facilities and the actions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers but these same outlets have been nearly silent when Republican Senator Ted Cruz gave a similarly passionate border address.
Cruz, unlike Ocasio-Cortez, spoke well about the border officers being on the front lines of the ongoing immigration crisis. He also put the weight of the problem squarely on Congress’ shoulders—not those border officers—and called for the legislative branch to act quickly to alleviate the problem.
“Earlier today, I visited the Central Processing Center here in the valley, visited the McAllen headquarters,” Cruz said during a presser on Monday via TownHall. “One of the more disturbing figures that I heard from the chief is in 2014, not too many years ago, of the adult men crossing illegally into this country roughly one percent had a child with them.”
“Today, roughly fifty percent of the adult men crossing into the Rio Grande sector have a child with them,” the Texas Republican continued, highlighting the stark difference. “The reason for that, the fault of that is the U.S. Congress because we have told the traffickers, the human traffickers, we’ve told the drug traffickers, if you bring a child, that child is essentially a get outta jail free card. It is an incentive from the United States Congress: Go and find a small child and take that arduous journey, risk that child’s life.
Stunning. In the past year, CBP has apprehended over 264,000 people here illegally just in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. That’s MORE THAN DOUBLE the entire population of McAllen. In ONE YEAR. This is a crisis & Congress needs to close the loopholes NOW. #EndDemObstruction pic.twitter.com/mtss7z6KgM
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 1, 2019
“This is a crisis. And unfortunately this is a man-made crisis. The responsibility for this crisis lies directly on the United States Congress, on loopholes that Congress has put into law that are encouraging far too many people to make this arduous journey,” the Senator declared.
“This is a political environment where a lot of politicians like to talk about their enormous compassion, their enormous virtue,” Cruz said. “Let me tell you, nobody who is compassionate, nobody who is virtuous, nobody who gives a damn about human beings, would want even a single day to perpetuate these loopholes and put more children in harm’s way.”
.@tedcruz says children are "being rented" to cross the border.
"Nobody who is compassionate … who is virtuous … who gives a damn about human beings would want even a single day to perpetuate these loopholes and put more children in harms way.
We ought to be angry." pic.twitter.com/Qy8a9dvMgT
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 2, 2019
Watch the full speech below:
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