Joining a chorus of news commentators and elected officials on both sides of the aisle, Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor today and said the influx of illegal immigrants flooding the border is a “disaster of the president’s own making.”
The Texas Senator called the Obama administration’s assertion that the border crisis was caused by violence in the children’s home countries a “red herring.” Cruz called the migration of unaccompanied minors specifically unique, saying “There’s no reason unaccompanied children would go up” alone unless their parents knew they could stay. That message, Cruz says, is what those parents received from the immigration policies this administration has passed.
Obama visited Texas today for fundraisers, and Cruz blasted his decision to skip visiting the border.
“President Obama today is down in the state of Texas but sadly he’s not visiting the border. He’s not visiting the children who are suffering as a result of the failures of the Obama policies. Instead, he’s doing fundraisers. He’s visiting Democratic fat cats to collect checks and apparently there’s no time to look at the disaster, at the devastation that’s being caused by his policies,” Cruz said.
And it’s not just Senator Cruz being critical of Obama’s handling of the border. Rep. Henry Cuellar said earlier today that If Obama’s “too busy to go down to the border but you have time to drink a beer, play pool, the appearance means that he’s not paying attention to this humanitarian crisis.”
Yesterday, Rep. Raul Grijalva said he believes “the borderlands deserve a presidential visit.”
“I would suggest,” Cruz continued, “the only response that will stop this humanitarian disaster is for President Obama to start enforcing the law, to stop promising amnesty, to stop refusing to enforce federal immigration law, and finally to secure the borders, and indeed I would call upon our colleagues in this body in both parties to come together and secure the border once and for all and to stop holding border security hostage for amnesty.”
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