Former DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has joined a refrain of ex-Trump officers in slamming the Biden administration for firing practically each member of the company’s advisory council in what seems to be a ‘purge’ of Trump-era appointees amid the continued border disaster.
In a letter to the ousted members Friday, DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas introduced his plans to ‘reconstitute’ the Homeland Safety Advisory Council (HSAC) telling them that their roles had ended efficient instantly, with solely three members holding their place.
Within the wake of the information, Wolf, who was Trump’s DHS secretary and appointed among the ousted members throughout his tenure, hit out on the transfer saying it will halt ‘vital work’ already underway by the council.
‘Whereas I respect the appropriate for a DHS Secretary to change the HSAC to handle their wants, dismissing the complete council outright and stopping a variety of vital work (that was underway) will not be the appropriate method,’ Wolf tweeted Friday.
The assertion comes after Wolf, who had been serving in an appearing capability since November 2019 and was by no means confirmed by the Senate, resigned in January, simply 10 days earlier than Biden’s inauguration.
He stepped down a day earlier than Trump had deliberate to tour wall building on the US-Mexico border – a visit the DHS head would usually take.
Former DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (left) has joined a refrain of ex-Trump officers in slamming the Biden administration for firing practically each member of the company’s advisory council Friday. DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas (pictured proper) introduced the mass firing amid the rising border disaster
Ken Cuccinelli, who was among the many fired Trump-appointees, mentioned the ‘purge’ is an indication the Biden administration ‘merely gained’t brook any dissent’ of their immigration insurance policies. Pictured: Asylum seekers show on the San Ysidro border crossing on Saturday
Friday’s mass firing included all Trump appointees together with Ken Cuccinelli, the previous Virginia legal professional basic who’s a staunch supporter of the ex-president’s hardline immigration insurance policies.
Cuccinelli on Saturday described the shake up as ‘a great quaint purge’ which he claims is a part of the Biden administration’s effort to maintain data associated to the migrants on the border below wraps amid mounting scrutiny from Republicans.
‘It is a signal they merely will not brook any dissent. It is according to different issues they’re doing like supporting H.R.1 which has free speech limitations, it is according to them not letting media into border amenities,’ he instructed Fox News.
‘This is part of a broader sample and apply by Biden’s administration of being probably the most Stalinistic in my grownup lifetime.’
Cuccinelli added that a part of the council’s ‘worth’ was that it wasn’t so intently aligned with the Trump administration. ‘However our secretaries didn’t fireplace them for that,’ he mentioned.
Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan, who was amongst these fired, mentioned his elimination didn’t come as a shock because of his opposing views on the Biden administration’s immigration insurance policies.
Friday’s mass firing included all Trump appointees together with Ken Cuccinelli (left) the previous Virginia legal professional basic who’s a staunch supporter of the ex-president’s hardline immigration insurance policies. Thomas Homan, the previous appearing director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (proper) claimed the transfer is an try by the Biden administration to suppress border-related data
It comes because the Biden administration – and the DHS – proceed to return below scrutiny over their dealing with of the migrant disaster whereas 1000’s proceed to make the journey from Guatemala into Mexico and up north to the US every day. Pictured migrants camp out in a park within the Mexican border metropolis of Reynosa, Saturday
Migrants disembark in Mexico after crossing the Usumacinta River the place it borders with Guatemala
Members of the Nationwide Guard and brokers of the Nationwide Migration Institute stand in formation in Tapachula, Mexico, as safety forces are deployed on the Mexican border with Guatemala by the Mexican authorities. The transfer is a part of efforts to chop the stream of US-bound migrants illegally cross its border with Guatemala
‘Border Patrol brokers are turning into welcome brokers so my function on HSAC can be null as a result of I am an enforcement man,’ he instructed the station.
‘However yeah I am stunned that in the midst of this disaster that you simply do away with the entire HSAC, as a result of HSAC is meant to be bringing totally different concepts from all sides, left and the appropriate and considering out the field and I am stunned as a result of the administration wants all the assistance it will possibly get proper now.’
The panel of unpaid members sometimes works on a number of initiatives and provides unbiased recommendation to the DHS secretary relating to numerous points together with home violent extremism.
‘I’m contemplating how the HSAC can carry the best worth to the Division and the way the experience, judgment, and counsel of its members could be harnessed most successfully to advance the Division’s mission,’ Mayorkas wrote in his letter.
‘I count on to work intently with the HSAC and to depend on its members to assist information the Division via a interval of change.’
It comes because the Biden administration – and the DHS – proceed to return below scrutiny over their dealing with of the migrant disaster whereas 1000’s proceed to make the journey from Guatemala into Mexico and up north to the US every day.
The one three members remaining following the drastic purge: Chairman William Bratton, Vice Chair Karen Tandy and Chair Emeritus William Webster.
Former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Tandy was initially appointed by Secretary Jeh Johnson in Could 2016.
Former NYPD commissioner Bratton was appointed by the Obama administration whereas ex-FBI and CIA director Webster is a George W. Bush-era member appointed in 2003.
Mayorkas mentioned within the letter, first reported by Politico, he’ll create a brand new advisory council within the subsequent few weeks.
‘Within the service of an orderly transition to a brand new mannequin for the HSAC, I’ve ended the time period of present HSAC members efficient March 26, 2021,’ he wrote.
‘I’ll reconstitute the HSAC within the subsequent few weeks, as soon as the brand new mannequin has been developed.’
Mayorkas didn’t rule out the likelihood that among the fired members might be reappointed to the newly-formed council.
‘I stay up for working with you sooner or later, whether or not as a member of a redesigned and reconstituted HSAC or in a unique capability, as we collectively search to advance the Division’s noble mission,’ he wrote.
A spokesperson for the DHS instructed Politico the company is aiming to create a council, which was largely made up of white males, that higher displays the variety of Americans together with extra girls, folks of coloration and different underrepresented teams.
The brand new HSAC might be launched with a ‘numerous membership consultant of America and the communities DHS serves’ and can proceed to be bipartisan, they mentioned.
The HSAC web site was already up to date Friday to show simply the three remaining council members and their bios.
Mayorkas introduced the shock transfer to ‘reconstitute’ the Homeland Safety Advisory Council (HSAC) in a letter to the ousted members Friday telling them that their place on the council had ended efficient instantly, with solely three members saved on of their roles
In line with the most recent council assembly notes from November, the council had included: Artwork Acevedo, Steve Adegbite, Jayson Ahern, Stewart Baker, Robert Bonner, James Carafano, Frank Cilluffo, John F. Clark, Sharon Cooper, Mark Dannels, Leon Fresco, James Fuller, Paul Goldenberg, Michael P. Jackson, Tom Jenkins, Jim Jones, Daniel Kaniewski, Cathy Lanier, Carie A. Lemack, John Magaw, Hans C. Miller, Jeffery Miller, Jeff Moss, Chris Nocco, Cynthia Renaud, Robert Rose, Ali H. Soufan, Paul Stockton, Chad Candy, Mark Weatherford and Brian White.
A complete of 32 members have misplaced their positions together with all Trump-era appointees – in addition to extra longstanding members from earlier administrations.
Amongst these now gone are Cuccinelli and fellow Trump ally Thomas Homan – the ex-president’s hardline Immigration and Customs Enforcement director from 2017 to 2018 – in a transparent signal the Biden administration is plowing on with its overhaul of the final workplace’s anti-immigration stance.
Additionally gone are at the very least seven new members appointed in Trump’s closing months in workplace.
Trump’s Performing DHS Secretary Wolf added Carafano, Fuller, Miller, Nocco, Renaud, Weatherford, and White to the council final Could.
Carafano, a overseas coverage professional for the Heritage Basis and Trump-era appointee, instructed CBS News the purge got here as a shock to many members.
‘I believed it was one of the best board we might ever had,’ he mentioned.
‘It had a variety of sturdy experience throughout the division’s portfolios and competencies. So I am upset.’
The purge consists of various members appointed below Trump together with Ken Cuccinelli (pictured), the previous Virginia legal professional basic who’s a staunch supporter of the ex-president’s hardline immigration insurance policies
Additionally gone is Trump ally Thomas Homan (proper) – the ex-president’s hardline Immigration and Customs Enforcement director from 2017 to 2018 – in a transparent signal the Biden administration is plowing on with its overhaul of the final workplace’s anti-immigration stance
He warned that ‘politicization’ of the council is ‘the largest risk to Homeland Safety’ because it has sometimes been made up of each Republican and Democrat appointees.
‘It has all the time been a non-partisan board. The entire boards deliberations — all people left their politics on the door,’ he mentioned.
‘Day-after-day, they simply got here in and labored on behalf of the division. That is what I cherished a lot about it. It was this protected little backyard the place consultants may simply give attention to the mission.’
Former DHS officers and advisory board members instructed the Washington Put up they didn’t know of some other time the place so many members have been dismissed all of sudden.
Usually, appointees are allowed to serve out their one- to three-year phrases when a brand new administration or DHS chief is available in, and can then be thought-about for reappointment when the time period ends.
The shock transfer was slammed by New York Republican Rep. John Katko who mentioned it reveals the Biden administration has ‘no intention of upholding a bipartisan, unifying method to securing our homeland.’
‘Whereas these members serve on the pleasure of the Secretary, right now’s motion sends the message that this Administration has no intention of upholding a bipartisan, unifying method to securing our homeland,’ Katko, rating Republican of the Home Homeland Safety Committee, mentioned in a press release.
‘The HSAC will not be supposed to be an echo chamber for what the present DHS Secretary needs to listen to. Its mission is to offer a educated, numerous set of views to fight the evolving threats of right now and tomorrow.’
The one three members remaining following the drastic purge: Chairman William Bratton (left), Vice Chair Karen Tandy and Chair Emeritus William Webster (proper)
Former administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration Tandy (left) is among the three remaining after she was initially appointed by Secretary Jeh Johnson in Could 2016
Wolf, who was Trump’s DHS secretary and appointed among the ousted members throughout his tenure, additionally hit out on the transfer saying it will halt ‘vital work’ already underway by the council.
‘Whereas I respect the appropriate for a DHS Secretary to change the HSAC to handle their wants, dismissing the complete council outright and stopping a variety of vital work (that was underway) will not be the appropriate method,’ Wolf tweeted.
The panel of unpaid members sometimes works on a number of initiatives and provides unbiased recommendation to the DHS secretary relating to numerous points together with home violent extremism.
In 2019, the HSAC launched an emergency report on households and kids being held in Customs and Border Safety amenities and really useful learn how to deal with the disaster on the time.
Most not too long ago, the council labored on analysis into Chinese language affect on American universities.
The overhaul marks the most recent signal the Biden administration will proceed to reverse Trump-era hardline techniques within the DHS’s ICE division after the brand new president signed a sweep of immigration-related govt orders inside hours of taking workplace.
Nevertheless the administration – and particularly the DHS – is more and more coming below fireplace over the escalating migrant disaster on the US-Mexico border.
Since Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, the US has seen a dramatic spike within the variety of folks crossing the border.
There have been round 18,000 unaccompanied migrant kids held in US federal custody Friday morning, with nearly 5,500 in CBP amenities designed for adults.
New York Republican Rep. John Katko who mentioned it reveals the Biden administration has ‘no intention of upholding a bipartisan, unifying method to securing our homeland’
Former appearing DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (pictured with Trump) blasting it as ‘not the appropriate method’
On common, round 523 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended alongside the border every day during the last three weeks.
After taking workplace, Biden lifted the Stay in Mexico coverage, which saved migrants south of the border whereas ready for his or her hearings, successfully permitting migrants who’ve utilized for asylum to cross into the UD and start their authorized proceedings.
He additionally narrowed the ICE’s standards for arrests and deportations and stopped the constructing of Trump’s border wall.
These strikes have led 1000’s upon 1000’s of migrants pouring into America leaving the border’s kids’s facilities so full that youngsters are being pressured to spend as much as 10 days in cramped detention facilities meant for adults and sparking a backlog and logistical nightmare in processing the brand new entrants.
On Thursday alone, roughly 6,000 adults and kids have been apprehended alongside the southern border, in keeping with a senior official.
The Biden administration has been slammed for its dealing with of the problem as officers refuse to name it a ‘disaster’ and have repeatedly denied the media all entry to CBP detention facilities.
Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro held dueling excursions of lawmakers on the border Friday.
Senator Ted Cruz and 18 of his Republican colleagues visited the border Friday and launched photographs and video displaying kids packed within the cramped situations.
The Biden administration has been slammed for its dealing with of the problem as officers refuse to name it a ‘disaster’ and have repeatedly denied the media all entry to CBP detention facilities. Migrants line as much as be transported by CBP officers to facilities
Republican Senators Ted Cruz held a tour of amenities Friday and mentioned that ‘pods’ on the Donna heart in Texas (above) designed to carry 80 kids are filled with greater than 700
Cruz, Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma and others shared pictures of a severely overcrowded holding facility in Donna, Texas, the place Lankford mentioned ‘pods’ designed to carry 80 kids are filled with greater than 700.
‘That is inhumane, it’s flawed and it’s the direct consequence of coverage choices by the Biden administration to cease constructing the wall, to return to catch-and-release, and to finish the stay-in-Mexico coverage,’ Cruz mentioned at a press convention on Friday.
The night time earlier than Cruz led the delegation on a midnight border tour, the place he claimed he may hear human smugglers ‘taunting’ Border Patrol from throughout the Rio Grande.
In the meantime, Castro led a gaggle of six Democratic Home members to a Well being and Human Providers facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to make sure kids have been being ‘handled humanely.’
Castro mentioned ‘no one ought to be saved in these situations,’ however blamed the Trump administration.
‘We must be clear about one thing: President Biden inherited a state of affairs the place the earlier administration had sought to dismantle the infrastructure for processing asylum seekers and settling asylum seekers in america,’ he mentioned.
Folks journey throughout the Suchiate River, the pure border between Guatemala and Mexico Sunday
Hundreds of migrants proceed to cross the southern border of Mexico every day, as complete communities make a dwelling off the passing migrants heading north to its northern border with the US. Migrants disembark on the Mexican facet of the border after crossing the Usumacinta River from Guatemala, in Frontera Corozal, Chiapas state, Mexico
Migrants cross the Suchiate River from Guatemala and Mexico, as Mexican immigration brokers implement limits on all however important journey
Mexican immigration brokers cease individuals who crossed the Suchiate River Monday as anybody not permitted to enter is distributed again to Guatemala
On Sunday, the identical day Mexico imposed new measures to close down migrant crossings at its border with Guatemala, 1,200 folks made the boat experience at a single distant jungle outpost with out displaying a doc to anybody. Migrants land in Frontera Corozal, Chiapas state, Mexico
Migrants close to Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, after crossing the border with Guatemala. Mexico needs to once more seem cooperative with the US, as in 2019 when, confronted with tariffs from Trump, it deployed its newly created Nationwide Guard to sluggish the stream of migrants from Central America
Guatemalan vacationers return to Tecun Uman, Guatemala as they wade throughout the Suchiate River, the pure border between Guatemala and Mexico
Hundreds of migrants proceed to cross the southern border of Mexico every day, earlier than heading north via the nation towards its northern border with the US.
The Mexican authorities on Sunday introduced it was limiting nonessential journey on the Guatemala border, shutting down migrant crossings and deploying safety forces to implement the clampdown with a view to reduce the stream of migrants.
However, the identical day, 1,200 folks made the boat experience at a single distant jungle outpost with out displaying a doc to anybody.
Mexico needs to once more seem cooperative, as in 2019 when, confronted with tariffs from Trump, it deployed its newly created Nationwide Guard to sluggish the stream of migrants from Central America.
However the actuality is it is enterprise as traditional as complete communities make a dwelling off the passing migrants heading north to the US.
Amongst these crossing Sunday was Yuri Gabriela Ponce, a 30-year-old mom who left Tegucigalpa, Honduras, together with her three kids, ages 2, 5 and 9, and husband after he misplaced his building job and was unable to seek out one other.
Ponce mentioned Wednesday they have been unsure the place to go now that they’ve reached Mexico.
‘They instructed us that farther forward there’s a checkpoint and we do not know what to do,’ Ponce mentioned. ‘I hope that with the youngsters they assist us.’
The household left two older kids with kin and have been planning to cross into Mexico a lot farther south, however heard a rumor that criminals have been stealing kids and killing mother and father there.
Migrants sleep below a gazebo at a park within the Mexican border metropolis of Reynosa, Saturday, after being expelled from the US
A park camp in Reynosa, Mexico. Dozens of migrants who earlier tried to cross into the US with a view to search asylum have turned this park into an encampment for these expelled from the US
Central American migrants who managed to cross illegally into the US with a view to search asylum sleep in a park in Mexico after being despatched again to the nation. A park camp in Reynosa, Mexico
Mexico depends closely on freeway checkpoints transiting its slim southern isthmus to stop migrants heading north. It stepped up these efforts this week, in addition to at airports within the area. A park camp in Reynosa, Mexico
Members of the Nationwide Guard salute in Tapachula, Mexico in the course of the announcement of the deployment of safety forces on the border as a part of the brand new efforts by the Mexican authorities to chop the stream of migrants north
So that they reversed course and got here to the distant jungle outpost as a substitute.
Mexico depends closely on freeway checkpoints transiting its slim southern isthmus to stop migrants heading north. It stepped up these efforts this week, in addition to at airports within the area.
The greater than 31,000 migrants the federal government has tallied to this point this 12 months roughly mirror the numbers from early 2019, earlier than Trump pressured Mexico to behave.
However Mexico’s migrant detention numbers are extra an indication of the federal government’s effort than a dependable illustration of the general migration stream.
A lot of that site visitors turns into clandestine in Mexico as smugglers pack migrants into semi-trailers and vans or put them on buses or airplanes with pretend paperwork. Typically they solely reappear on the US border.
‘The migrants are seen on the Guatemala facet, however develop into invisible crossing into Mexico,’ mentioned the Rev. René Sop Xivir of Jesuit Immigrant Providers on the southern border.
On Sunday, dozens of Mexican immigration officers waited on the banks of the Suchiate River 300 miles away, going through information cameras as they turned again largely Guatemalan consumers with no intention of migrating.
That present of objective got here days earlier than a go to Tuesday by Biden’s prime immigration advisers, in search of to handle the rising drawback on the border.
‘They wish to fake they’re doing operations, for the press,’ Sop Xivir mentioned. ‘In apply there is not a lot management.’
Biden officers tried to muzzle the 18 Republican Senators on Ted Cruz’s border journey by ordering them to DELETE photographs of youngsters crammed into overcrowded amenities – however they refused
Republican senators say a Biden official urged them to delete photographs they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured on the southern border on Friday.
Sen. Ted Cruz and 18 of his GOP colleagues inspected a shelter in Donna, Texas, which is at greater than 700 p.c capability amid a surge of unlawful crossings into america.
Indiana Sen. Mike Braun instructed The Washington Examiner that the course got here from a Biden aide who accompanied the group on the tour.
‘There was certainly one of Biden’s representatives. I felt sorry for the woman as a result of she truly talked to me about deleting an image, however by the point she received to me, all these different footage have been taken, and that reveals you the hypocrisy,’ Braun mentioned Saturday.
He added that Border Patrol officers contained in the shelter additionally urged the Republicans to not snap any pictures.
‘They have been telling us that as a result of they needed to,’ Braun claimed.
Regardless of promising ‘transparency’, Biden officers have refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility -as criticism surrounding the border disaster continues to develop.
Nevertheless, the Republicans refused to abide by the requests, as a substitute sharing their pictures to social media.
‘None of us would have gone down there if we have been going to be muzzled,’Braun claimed.
Republican senators say Biden officers urged them to delete photographs they took of an overcrowded migrant facility they toured on the southern border on Friday. Members of the group are seen in Texas on Friday
the Republicans refused to abide by the requests, as a substitute sharing their pictures to social media.
Regardless of promising ‘transparency’, Biden officers have refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility – notably as criticism surrounding the border disaster continues to develop
The senators mentioned that ‘pods’ at Donna designed to carry 80 kids are filled with greater than 700
Ted Cruz tweeted photographs from his tour of an overcrowded shelter for migrant teenagers in Donna, Texas; he toured the shelter with fellow Republican senators
Cruz posted one other pic from his tour; he is blasted the Biden administration for its border coverage, saying it is led to a surge in migrants
Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma and others shared heartbreaking pictures of a severely overcrowded holding facility in Donna, Texas, the place Lankford mentioned that ‘pods’ designed to carry 80 kids are filled with greater than 700.
‘I do know why President Biden does not need the media to be right here — as a result of we do have an open border,’Lankford said on Friday.
‘When you have been an unaccompanied minor, you have been despatched over to the Donna facility, which we went over and visited. That facility is designed for 80 folks in a pod, and so they had 709 folks… actually wall to wall in each one of many little plexiglass cells that they’ve, and other people flooding out into the hallway,’ Lankford mentioned.
On Thursday alone, roughly 6,000 adults and kids have been apprehended alongside the southern border, in keeping with a senior official — excess of in the course of the busiest months of the Trump administration in 2019.
Biden has insisted that his insurance policies should not accountable for the massive surge of unlawful crossings on the border, and mentioned that he’s planning to open enormous new amenities to accommodate and course of migrants.
‘I have been working from the second this began to occur to attempt to discover further entry for kids to have the ability to safely — not simply kids, however notably kids — to have the ability to safely be housed whereas we observe via on the remainder of what’s taking place,’ Biden mentioned at a press convention on Thursday.
‘That facility is designed for 80 folks in a pod, and so they had 709 folks… actually wall to wall in each one of many little plexiglass cells that they’ve, and other people flooding out into the hallway,’ Senator Lankford mentioned
The Biden administration has not let reporters within the facility in Donna, Texas, however has let in lawmakers like Ted Cruz, who shared pictures such because the one above of youngsters being held there
However Cruz and the opposite Republicans slammed situations on the Donna facility as ‘inhumane’ and mentioned the disaster wouldn’t finish with out stronger enforcement on the border and swift elimination of those that cross illegally.
‘All of us right now witnessed the Biden cages. What is going on right here on the border is heartbreaking, and it’s a tragedy,’ Cruz mentioned.
‘The Biden administration is taking people who find themselves testing constructive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages facet by facet. That is inhumane,’ Cruz mentioned. ‘There was no six foot house, there was no three foot house, there wasn’t even a 3 inch house between kids lined up one, after the opposite, after the opposite.’
Cruz mentioned that 10 p.c of the present inhabitants of the Donna facility at present checks constructive for COVID-19.
‘It’s flawed, and it’s the direct consequence of coverage choices by the Biden administration to cease constructing the wall, to return to catch-and-release and to finish the keep in Mexico coverage.’
Cruz mentioned that the Biden administration had rejected his request to permit press representatives to accompany the delegation within the Donna facility — and identified that each the Trump and Obama administrations had allowed such media entry.
‘The Biden administration needs to cover what’s going on right here,’ Cruz mentioned. ‘The American folks have a proper to know what is occurring right here.’
‘This can be a man-made disaster. It was avoidable, it was preventable, and no matter your get together in case you’re a Republican or a Democrat it is best to take a look at what’s going on right here and say sufficient is sufficient, this should cease,’ he added.
The White Home has mentioned media might be allowed amenities being run by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol however has not mentioned when. A TV digicam crew was allowed in a unique facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, the place kids are being held in higher situations.
‘I’ll decide to transparency, and — as quickly as I’m ready to have the ability to implement what we’re doing proper now,’ Biden mentioned Thursday. Requested when that might be, he responded: ‘I do not know, to be clear.’
Unlawful border crossing is on tempo to surpass current data and will attain a 20 12 months excessive, officers mentioned
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (purple shirt) stand aboard a Texas Division of Public Security boat for a tour of a part of the Rio Grande on Friday. Native businesses resembling DPS are helping overwhelmed Border Patrol
On Thursday night time, Cruz posted movies displaying him on the financial institution of the Rio Grande at midnight, surrounded by tall grass or weeds, watching what he claims have been smugglers attempting to get migrants throughout the water and into the U.S.
The 19 Republican Senators on Tour
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss.
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
‘That is Mexico proper over there, and you may see there are three smugglers proper there,’ Cruz is heard saying within the video, ‘standing on the Mexico facet taking a look at us.’
He additionally mentioned these smugglers have been taunting the senators on the U.S. facet. The footage is tough to see, displaying grass and the darkish river with just a few flashes of sunshine. Cruz mentioned these have been the smugglers’ flashlights.
He posted one other dramatic video, describing it as ‘stay footage from the banks of the Rio Grande,’ that confirmed him standing on the river’s edge, giving a report on what he and the Republicans noticed on their midnight march.
‘So it is previous midnight and I am standing on the shore of the Rio Grande, the water is correct behind me down. I am down on the Texas border together with 18 senators, we made the journey to see the disaster that’s taking part in out,’ Cruz mentioned as he stood within the weeds on the shoreline.
Canines might be heard barking within the background as he spoke.
‘On the opposite facet of the river is Mexico,’ Cruz famous. ‘The opposite facet of the river we now have been listening to and seeing cartel members, human traffickers proper on the opposite facet of the river, waving flashlights yelling and taunting Individuals, taunting the Border Patrol, as a result of they know that below the present coverage the Biden administration, they’ll flood over right here.’
Cruz was joined by fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Maine Senator Susan Collins, and others in his travels.
Cornyn posted a photograph of the group of lawmakers after their tour, writing ‘Earlier than we started our full day of touring important areas across the southern border, the Senators I introduced right down to Texas wished to thank the @CBPRGV midnight patrol for all of the exhausting work they’re doing to maintain our nation protected amidst this disaster.’
And the Senate Republicans official Twitter account posted photographs and an replace from the expedition: ‘1:00AM on our southern border. 18 Senators are right here with Border Patrol on their night time shift. We noticed the large inflow of migrant crossings. Numerous girls + kids. We have been heckled by cartels. This can be a humanitarian disaster. And Joe Biden wants to handle it instantly.’
Beto O’Rourke, the previous Democratic congressman who lives in El Paso and misplaced his bid to unseat Cruz, retweeted it with a mocking reply: ‘THANK GOD YOU SURVIVED THE HECKLING!’
Democrats, who’ve blamed the Trump administration for issues on the border, blasted the journey as a ‘political stunt.’
‘In a determined try and mislead the nation, world-renowned political clown Ted Cruz and his hapless sidekick John Cornyn are bringing their present on the highway with their newest political stunt,’ the Democratic Nationwide Committee mentioned in a press release on Friday.
‘If there’s one factor Ted Cruz is aware of learn how to do, it’s to disingenuously grandstand for TV cameras. President Biden took extra motion to handle immigration points in sooner or later than Senate Republicans have within the final 4 years. If Senator Cruz and his colleagues have been severe, they’d be in Washington working with President Biden to be part of the answer,’ mentioned DNC spokesperson Eduardo Silva.