Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, shared a pair of videos on Twitter late Thursday night showing what he found while visiting near the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas.
In the first video, Cruz stands next to a barbed wire fence that runs along the border as he points towards Mexico, noting that there are “over 22,000 illegal immigrants on the other side of the river”.
“Joe Biden, it’s your fault,” Cruz said in the video, chastising the president.
“People who are killed crossing illegally, it’s your fault,” he continued. “The sexually abused women who cross illegally, it’s your fault. The brutalized children who cross illegally, it’s your fault. The people who die of drug overdoses – more than 100,000 a year last – it’s your fault.”
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Cruz urged the president to take responsibility for the current border crisis, demanding that he visit the border so he could see the madness firsthand.
“Come here, President Biden. Stop hiding in the basement, stop pretending this misery isn’t your fault, stop it. It’s not human, it’s not compassionate. It’s cruel,” Cruz said.
“You can see the lights, you can see a fire,” Cruz explained. “If you look, they’re waiting for Title 42 to expire, and then the invasion that we’re going to see is going to be massive.”
He continued, “We already have the worst illegal immigration in the history of our country and in just a few hours it’s getting worse.”
In a second video, Cruz walked along a road near the Rio Grande and said he found a sandal belonging to a girl who was “no more than 5 or 6 years old.”
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“She might even be younger than that,” he continued, describing the current immigration situation as “horrible and cruel.” Cruz also said responsibility for the border crisis should rest entirely with President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and “all Democrats in Congress.”
The video was shared on Twitter just 30 minutes before the Title 42 public health order expired at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 11.
The Republican added, “Biden brought back catch and release, he halted construction of the wall, and he ended the stay-in-Mexico policy. Now Biden has let #Title42 expire!”
“There is a full-scale invasion unfolding, and Texas is paying the price,” Cruz added in a third tweet late Thursday, again blaming President Biden and the Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alexander Mayorkas.
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Around the same time as Cruz’s stern reprimand, Sec. Mayorkas released his own statement saying the US-Mexico border remains secure and said Border Patrol agents will continue to deport migrants.
“The border is not open,” Mayorkas said in a video. “From tonight, people who arrive at the border without taking a legal route will be presumed ineligible for asylum.”
He added: “We have 24,000 Border Patrol agents and officers on the southwestern border and have brought in thousands of soldiers and contractors, and over a thousand asylum officers to help to enforce our laws. Don’t believe the lies of the smugglers.”
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Immigration officials have been warning for weeks that the expiration of Title 42 Public Health Order, a COVID-era rule that allowed border officials to quickly remove migrants, would cause a wave of migrants at the border.
Customs and Border Protection officers met more than 10,000 people at the border on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, just before Title 42 expired, sources told Fox News.
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Each of them is the highest single-day record ever. Officials have predicted the border could see up to 14,000 migrants a day after Title 42 expires.
Congressional lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, have criticized President Biden’s handling of border security between the United States and Mexico.