DALLAS (UKTN) –Senator Ted Cruz said on Monday March 29 that President Joe Biden should reinstate former President Donald Trump’s border policy.
Senator Cruz made his comments to reporters after visiting the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
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He said there were over 2,200 teenagers, mostly 13 to 17 years old, and they slept in rows and rows of cots, six feet apart.
Several reports indicate that by the end of the month there will likely be around 16,000 unaccompanied minors in custody in the United States, which is a record number.
Reports also say that new border patrol estimates indicate that up to 26,000 minors could cross the border illegally each month by September.
Senator Cruz said in Dallas, about ten percent of unaccompanied minors have tested positive for Covid-19.
He also said conditions at the Dallas facility were better than at the Donna, Texas Border Patrol, where he said the minors were being held in cages and tightly packed.
The Senator’s visit to the Congress Center followed his trip to the Texas border on Friday and Saturday with Senator John Cornyn and 17 other Republican senators.
Cruz and the Republicans blasted the Biden administration for overturning the Trump administration’s policy of keeping migrants in Mexico until their asylum claims can be heard.
President Biden last Thursday denied any responsibility for creating the outbreak and instead accused former President Trump of dismantling the asylum policy announcement system in place.
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President Biden has said he doesn’t want children to starve just south of the US border.
Cruz rejected the president’s comments.
“I think President Biden’s comments last week accusing Donald Trump of this immigration crisis are ludicrous. They are absolutely ridiculous. Last year we had the lowest illegal immigration rate in 45 years. The policies worked. “
Senator Cruz also discussed the five boys who escaped from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center over the weekend.
He said authorities told him that once the boys got out they had cut back by about 70 feet.
HHS, which operates the emergency hospitality site at the Convention Center, did not return an email requesting comment.
But Dallas Police have confirmed they found five boys in a nearby 7-Eleven and sent them back to the convention center.
Senator Cruz said he was told the boys had been transferred to another facility.
He also criticized the president for not allowing news media to enter the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Border Patrol premises in Donna, Texas.
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We requested a tour of the Dallas facility at but HHS denied our request citing the Covid-19 pandemic.