Ted Cruz has shared footage of the second he mentioned a Biden official tried to forestall him from taking footage at an overcrowded migrant facility.
The senator and 18 of his GOP colleagues have been visiting a shelter within the border metropolis of Donna, Texas on Friday when a girl Cruz recognized as a ‘senior adviser’ tried to dam him from recording.
Within the video shared on Twitter, the girl stands in entrance of a door and asks Cruz to ‘please give dignity to the folks’ and ‘to not deal with the folks this manner.’
Cruz accuses the girl of getting been ordered to cease the American folks from seeing circumstances on the facility. ‘This can be a harmful place,’ he says within the video.
Ted Cruz has shared footage of the second he mentioned a Biden official tried to forestall him from taking footage at an overcrowded migrant facility
The senator and 18 of his GOP colleagues have been visiting a shelter within the border metropolis of Donna, Texas on Friday when a girl Cruz recognized as a ‘senior adviser’ tried to dam him from recording
Cruz spoke to Fox News on Sunday in regards to the incident, saying the scenario on the border, which has seen an inflow of migrants crossing into the US for the reason that inauguration of President Joe Biden, was ‘the worst that I’ve ever seen it.’
‘It’s a full-blown disaster,’ he added.
The shelter Cruz and his colleagues visited is reportedly at greater than 1,000 p.c capability because it struggles to deal with the excessive numbers of latest arrivals.
Cruz mentioned the Donna facility is designed to carry 1,000 folks however underneath Covid restrictions has a capability of 250. He mentioned there have been at present greater than 4,000 folks being housed within the facility.
Cruz additionally claimed to Fox Information that cartels have been gaming Biden’s migration system by ‘renting’ youngsters to accompany throughout the border, and claiming to be associated to them to safe asylum.
‘Democrats prefer to faux their open-borders insurance policies are in some way humane.
‘There’s nothing humane about what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are doing on the border. They’re subjecting youngsters to horrific abuse, they’re endangering their lives in a pandemic by protecting them locked up in cages proper on prime of one another.
‘This can be a humanitarian, well being and nationwide safety disaster.’
Cruz spoke to Fox Information on Sunday in regards to the incident, saying the scenario on the border, which has seen an inflow of migrants crossing into the US for the reason that inauguration of President Joe Biden, was ‘the worst that I’ve ever seen it’
Earlier than airing Cruz’s footage, Fox Information mentioned it had despatched a photographer to the migrant heart with the delegation however he was ‘banned,’ in response to host Maria Bartiromo.
Regardless of promising ‘transparency’, Biden officers have to date refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility – as criticism surrounding the border disaster continues to develop.
Nonetheless, the Republicans refused to abide by the requests, as a substitute sharing their photos to social media.
Indiana Sen. Mike Braun advised The Washington Examiner that the order to not movie or take photographs 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 really talked to me about deleting an image, however by the point she acquired to me, all these different footage have been taken, and that exhibits you the hypocrisy,’ Braun mentioned on Saturday.
He added that Border Patrol officers contained in the shelter additionally urged the Republicans to not snap any photos.
‘They have been telling us that as a result of they needed to,’ Braun claimed.
‘None of us would have gone down there if we have been going to be muzzled,’ Braun mentioned.
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 photos to social media.
Regardless of promising ‘transparency’, Biden officers have refused to let journalists into the overcrowded Donna facility – significantly as criticism surrounding the border disaster continues to develop
The senators mentioned that ‘pods’ at Donna designed to carry 80 youngsters 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 photos of a severely overcrowded holding facility in Donna, Texas, the place Lankford mentioned that ‘pods’ designed to carry 80 youngsters 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 acknowledged 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 response to 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 are usually 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 youngsters, however significantly youngsters — to have the ability to safely be housed whereas we observe by way of on the remainder of what’s occurring,’ 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 photos such because the one above of kids being held there
However Cruz and the opposite Republicans slammed circumstances 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 at the moment 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 aspect by aspect. That is inhumane,’ Cruz alleged.
‘There was no six foot house, there was no three foot house, there wasn’t even a 3 inch house between youngsters 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 exams constructive for COVID-19.
‘It’s unsuitable, and it’s the direct consequence of coverage selections 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.
Unlawful border crossing is on tempo to surpass current information and will attain a 20 yr excessive, officers mentioned
‘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 occasion if you happen to’re a Republican or a Democrat it is best to have 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 will probably be allowed into amenities being run by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol however has not mentioned when. A TV digital camera crew was allowed in a unique facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, the place youngsters are being held in higher circumstances.
‘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.’
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (crimson shirt) stand aboard a Texas Division of Public Security boat for a tour of a part of the Rio Grande on Friday. Native businesses reminiscent of DPS are aiding overwhelmed Border Patrol
On Thursday evening, Cruz posted movies exhibiting 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 aspect taking a look at us.’
He additionally claimed the smugglers have been taunting the senators on the U.S. aspect. The footage is tough to see, exhibiting 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 ‘reside 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 true behind me down. I am down on the Texas border together with 18 senators, we made the journey to see the disaster that’s enjoying out,’ Cruz mentioned as he stood within the weeds on the shoreline.
Canine could possibly be heard barking within the background as he spoke.
‘On the opposite aspect of the river is Mexico,’ Cruz famous. ‘The opposite aspect of the river we’ve been listening to and seeing cartel members, human traffickers proper on the opposite aspect of the river, waving flashlights yelling and taunting People, taunting the Border Patrol, as a result of they know that underneath 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 all the way down to Texas needed to thank the @CBPRGV midnight patrol for all of the arduous 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 evening shift. We noticed the large inflow of migrant crossings. Numerous ladies + youngsters. 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 an announcement on Friday.
‘If there’s one factor Ted Cruz is aware of find out how to do, it’s to disingenuously grandstand for TV cameras. President Biden took extra motion to handle immigration points in in the future than Senate Republicans have within the final 4 years. If Senator Cruz and his colleagues have been critical, they’d be in Washington working with President Biden to be part of the answer,’ mentioned DNC spokesperson Eduardo Silva.