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Sen. Ted Cruz railed at President Joe Biden and his administration in a video shot underneath a bridge near Del Rio, Texas, whereas many as 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants are camped.
“The reason they’re here is simple,” Cruz notes in the video, which pans the area behind him, showing a mass of migrants. “Eight days ago, the Biden administration made a political decision, a political decision to cancel deportation flights to Haiti. They did that on September 8th. Eight days later these numbers appear.”
“On September 8th, underneath this bridge, there were between 700 and a thousand people,” Cruz went on. “But when the word got out that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were no longer deporting people that came from Haiti, suddenly everyone was here, called their friends, called their family, and the numbers surged to 10,503. That’s what’s here today. It is more than the capacity of the Border Patrol to handle.”
I am on the ground in Del Rio, Texas tonight. As of this moment, there are 10,503 illegal aliens under the Del Rio International Bridge.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 17, 2021
“This is the result of a political decision,” Cruz noted further. “This is the result that is indefensible. What we are seeing here, is wrong. This is inhumane and this is entirely caused by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”
Biden put Harris in charge of solving the border crisis in late March, but so far, there has been little impact, as the number of migrants has been steadily rising for months to historic highs. Harris has made a trip to Central America and to Mexico to discuss the crisis and has made a trip to El Paso, though that segment of the border has not been inundated with illegal crossings.
The Texas Republican remarked that the situation is “the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen,” as infants, children, and poverty-stricken migrants were enduring crowded, dirty, exposed conditions.
“They take your breath away because it just goes on and on and on, infants, little children, people, people struggling enormously, and something stunning that I discovered today is I discovered the cause of why this is happening,” he said.
Cruz’s report came as exclusive drone footage taken by Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin was broadcast on the network Thursday, which prompted a response from the Biden-run Federal Aviation Administration. The agency issued a special security alert barring drones from hovering over the area without first getting permission.
“The drone footage started this morning and people across the country were horrified and I guess the political operatives at the Biden White House saw that and decided the last thing they want is Fox News actually reporting on what’s happening down here. So, now the FAA is saying please, no journalists allowed,” Cruz said.
“As you know, they did the same thing in the Donna tent facility in the Rio Grande Valley where they wouldn’t allow Fox News to come in when I brought 19 senators to the Rio Grande Valley, I had to go in with my cell phone and photograph and take videos.”
During his show Thursday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Biden “doesn’t care” about the worsening migrant crisis or the dramatic uptick in the trafficking of deadly opioids, namely fentanyl, from Mexico into the U.S., even though the drug has caused an epidemic of overdoses, mostly among young Americans.
“…[W]hat’s sadder is that Americans are suffering too. Open borders have caused a deadly crisis among the very people our government supposedly exists to protect,” he said.
“Close to 100,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses in the last year. These are not 85-year-olds with emphysema in nursing homes. These are kids on your street, young people in the prime of life, our country’s future, the next generation,” Carlson continued. “And they are dead now, mostly because of fentanyl that came up through Mexico.
“So open borders means much more of this poison in your neighborhood, killing our children. Statistics released this week show that, as of the end of July, fentanyl seizures at the southern border are more than double what they were for all of last year,” he said.