Politicians Asking For Immediate Response to Border Crisis
Texas Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott on Monday demanded that federal officials immediately intervene to stop the influx of Central American immigrant children that has overwhelmed south Texas.
“We need to act to stop it, number one, by finally securing the borders and, number two, by not offering amnesty, which only incentivizes more people to violate the law,” Cruz said after he and Abbott toured a shelter at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where 1,200 minors have been since early this month.
More than 52,000 unaccompanied youths have been caught along the southwest border this fiscal year, almost double last year’s total. The epicenter of the crisis is the Rio Grande Valley, where more than 37,000 were detained this year, almost triple last year’s total.
Cruz and Abbott said migrant youths have been handed over by parents to cartels and coyotes and travel north atop a train called “the beast.” They described some of the youths as abused and injured, some with ears cut off. A quadriplegic they met had been found abandoned on the U.S. side of the river.
Cruz called the influx “tragic and heartbreaking” and blamed it largely on Obama’s policies and “lawlessness,” including his 2012 executive order of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which he said stoked rumors that young immigrants will be granted permission to stay, known as “permisos.” He accused Obama and Senate Democrats of “holding border security hostage” while they pushed for immigration reform.