On Friday, several Republican senators released photographs on social media demonstrating just how bad the southern border crisis has become under the Biden administration, Fox News reported.
The photographs were taken during a trip led by Texas Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn to the southern border with several of their GOP colleagues.
The group of 19 lawmakers toured the holding facility in Donna, Texas, on Friday and witnessed the conditions of migrants being held there.
One particularly striking photo shows infants and young children lying with blankets on mats enclosed by a large circular baby gate. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said the babies were “handed over by smugglers.”
In another picture, migrants can be seen packed into a room, lying shoulder to shoulder on the ground with space blankets on.
Cruz said the Donna facility currently is holding around 4,000 migrants, even though it is only designed for 250.
In other photographs, it shows how the facility has been quarantining COVID-19 positive migrants. Cruz called the Donna facility “a tragic superspreader event caused by the Biden administration,” and said the facility has a “10% positivity rate.”
Biden’s to blame
Sens. Cruz, Tillis, and others said that officials they spoke to at the Donna facility said that “their job got a lot harder on January 20th when Joe Biden became President of the United States.”
The officials said they have been “overwhelmed” by the sheer number of migrants who have come in since Biden became president.
The GOP senators pointed to the Biden administration’s disastrous policies as the direct cause of the problem.
“This is inhumane, it is wrong and it is the direct consequence of policy decisions by the Biden administration to stop building the wall, to return to catch-and-release, and to end the stay-in-Mexico policy,” Cruz said.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration continues to downplay the seriousness of the southern border crisis. During his first solo press conference as president on Thursday, Biden claimed that what’s happening at the southern border “happens every single solitary year,” and he said he will not apologize for reversing former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.