Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shared this week what he saw at the U.S. border during his most recent visit to an area in his home state that has turned into a catastrophe zone because of Biden administration policies.
Cruz made the remarks during an episode of his “Verdict” podcast with co-host Ben Ferguson while talking about his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border late last week with Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Pete Ricketts (R-NE).
“One of the things we learned, which I had never heard, which is in the past year, the Biden administration has put out new guidelines for pursuit of illegal aliens,” Cruz said. “This is illegal aliens that are running, that are trying to get away. And the guidelines, you’d have to effectively call them guidelines for non-pursuit, because they are told you cannot pursue illegal aliens if there is anything that could potentially endanger someone’s safety.”
Cruz noted that for example, this meant that if there were four people in the back of a vehicle and there were only three seatbelts, agents could not pursue them because if there was an accident, a person would get hurt. He said that the policy has actually encouraged traffickers to do dangerous things because they know that agents won’t pursue because of Biden’s policy.
He said that during a midnight patrol, he saw a disturbing situation where there was a group of a couple dozen people, mostly women and children, and there were cues from things that the children said that officials believed was a sign that they were being trafficked.
“The one that was haunting for me was in the back there was this man, a grown man, maybe 35 years old,” Cruz said. “And he was with a little girl who was 10. And he said she was his daughter. She said he was her dad. It was obvious to everyone he was not her father.”
“He had his arm around her. And it was like locked tight, like he was holding her, almost so she wouldn’t run away,” he continued. “And the look of terror in that little girl’s face. She was so frightened of this large, sweaty man who had his arm around her and was saying he was her father. And there’s a frustration and helplessness that there’s nothing we can do, that nothing the Border Patrol can do. Because when they take them in, the Biden administration instructs them ‘release them.'”
Cruz said that Biden canceled DNA testing at the border so it was now much harder, if not impossible, to determine if children were coming into the country with their actual parents or if they were being trafficked.
“Biden canceled the DNA tests,” he said. “Like, you want to talk about one of the great scandals, these Democrats who prance around and say they’re so compassionate, they no longer test to find out if father and alleged daughter or father and alleged son are related because they don’t want to know, they don’t care. They are perfectly happy just leaving a pedophile with a little girl or a little boy who’s being abused.”
He said that the little girl that he saw would likely be forced into prostitution for the next several years and that there was nothing any of the senators could do to stop Biden’s policies.