An exercised Sen. Ted Cruz lit into President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress over the chaotic southwestern border, which he has personally visited many times over the past several months.
In an interview with Fox News’ Jesse Watters Tuesday evening, the Texas Republican flamed the administration for reversing most of President Donald Trump’s strict immigration and border enforcement policies, which he said has led to the current migrant and drug-smuggling crisis that has gone on for most of Biden’s term.
“Joe Biden doesn’t give a damn” about migrants — especially women and children — who are suffering at the hands of the cartel smugglers, a visibly angry Cruz told Watters.
“Look, I know that Democrats have one card in their entire deck, and it’s the race card. They scream racist, racist, racist,” Cruz began.
“But you know what, President Obama, you know what, President Biden? You know what’s racist?” Cruz blared. “When Joe Biden sits by and lets four and a half million people cross into this country illegally and he doesn’t care. You know what’s racist? When Joe Biden can’t be bothered to go down to the border and see the little girls and little boys being sexually assaulted by international cartels.”
“You know what’s racist?” Cruz continued without hesitating. “When Joe Biden doesn’t care about the Hispanic women being raped by the cartels. You know what’s racist? When Biden doesn’t care about the dead bodies that the cartels leave on Texas farms and ranches across the southern border. You know what’s racist? That Biden will do nothing to stop the 100,000 fentanyl overdoses that happened last year.”
“That is grotesque — and you know what’s racist?” Cruz continued, adding another example. “When all the lily-white folks on Martha’s Vineyard sit back and say, ‘No, no, no, we don’t want any illegal immigrants here. Send them to South Texas, they can deal with it.’ That is grotesque, it’s offensive, and even to this day Joe Biden doesn’t give a damn.”
In response, Watters noted that he had not seen Cruz so upset and animated about an issue in quite some time, as Cruz explained that though Biden hadn’t been to the border even once during his term, the Texas Republican has been a number of times, seeing women who have been raped by cartel members, including many young girls.
Cruz then said that when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew a group of about 50 migrants to uber-liberal and ritzy Martha’s Vineyard, officials on the island quickly moved to “deport” them to a military base within a day, while going on to ponder whether his home state can do the same thing.
“Can we send them back? Oh, no, no, no, that’s just for rich billionaire leftists who the only time they’re willing to see an immigrant is if they want someone to mow their damn lawn,” said Cruz.
Can the 4.5 MILLION illegal aliens who’ve crossed the border under Biden be sent back?
Or is that just for rich Leftists on Martha’s Vineyard who the only time they're willing to see an immigrant is if they want someone to mow their damn lawn?
That’s the hypocrisy of the Left! pic.twitter.com/XXAW2a4bAr
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 28, 2022
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for border security, “more than 553,000 aliens apprehended by Border Patrol agents have been released this fiscal year,” according to Customs and Border Protection figures.
However, that number “doesn’t include port encounters or unaccompanied alien children. That page also indicates that hundreds of thousands of other illegal migrants were transferred to ICE for detention — and that agency doesn’t hold most such ‘immigration violators’ for long,” Arthur Andrew, the Resident Fellow in Law and Policy for CIS, wrote.
“All told, about 2.2 million aliens have exploited Biden’s border policies — thus far,” he added.
“Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), DHS is required to detain every illegal entrant, as well as all other inadmissible aliens stopped at entry and deemed inadmissible,” Andrew continued. “Due to resource constraints, various administrations have struggled to comply with that congressional detention mandate, but unlike President Biden, at least his predecessors tried.”