Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot
“What is occurring here on the border is heartbreaking, it is a tragedy.”
This past Friday Texas senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn led 18 GOP senators on a tour of the Texas border. Their objective was to “see firsthand the crisis that is unfolding.” On their visit, senators learned that 6000 migrants were apprehended at the border on Thursday, a number that is rising rapidly.
They were allowed access into a migrant camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Conditions at the facility were horrific with children packed in side-by-side, many of them COVID-positive. ‘Pods’ that were designed to hold 80 children are currently housing 700+.
Cruz posted four photos to Twitter detailing what they saw first-hand. Small children were sleeping on mats on the ground. Some had their hands pressed against windows in the doors they were being held behind. In other photos dozens of people were packed into holding room, on the floor under silver foil blankets.
“These are the pictures the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to see,” Cruz (R-Tx) tweeted.
On Friday afternoon, the 18 senators took turns addressing the press, each telling different stories of what they had witnessed first-hand in their time along the Texas border.
‘This is inhumane,” Cruz said. “It is wrong and it is the direct consequence of policy decisions by the Biden administration to stop building the wall, to return to catch-and-release, and to end the stay-in-Mexico policy.”
One by one, the senators described their take on the situation. Many described their nighttime tour of a well-known border crossing area where they were taunted by cartels on the other side.
“I was out with Border Patrol last night in McAllen, TX. There's no question the border is OPEN,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) explained. “America welcomes legal immigrants from all over the world, but this is out-of-control illegal immigration. This has to stop now. This is the problem. This is one of the areas that the media is not allowed to be able to come into. That's why I wanted to be here. To be able to see it and say this is the thing that Biden does not want you to see is that people literally walk across the border, they check in here and they are all released – 100 percent of the people that are here tonight will be released. This is an absolutely open border situation.”
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted about her experience at the border:
“Mexican cartels control who crosses the border. A young mother from Guatemala, sitting on an aluminum blanket with her 1-year-old, told me she paid smugglers $6,000,” Collins went on to explain that the Border Patrol is “overwhelmed, overworked, & discouraged” by new Biden immigration policies.
“Agents took us through a dangerous path to the Rio Grande where we could hear the Cartel members taunting us across the river. Human trafficking, child abuse, & drug smuggling are rampant.” Collins then described the situation as a “crisis.”
This is a sticking point for the GOP senators because the Biden administration has refused to call the situation a crisis, no matter how bad things are. They continue to lead with the story that they have everything under control.
From their first-hand observations, these 18 senators would have to strongly disagree. They are convinced the country is facing a humanitarian crisis and that the Biden administration needs to begin to address it immediately.
Biden, addressing the issue on Thursday, blamed the whole thing on Donald Trump. Ironic, since Trump spent much of his term being labeled a racist for his strict border policies.
The GOP senators followed up their visit to the border with this Tweet, summarizing their trip.
I’m grateful to all of the senators, whose names are listed below:
Ted Cruz (R)
John Cornyn (R)
John Thune (R-SD)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
James Lankford (R-OK)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Thom Tillis (R-NC)
John Kennedy (R-LA)
Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Mike Braun (R-IN)
Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).
I don’t know about you but I plan to send letters of support and thanks to my senators for drawing attention to this problem.