The Biden administration has long been trying to downplay talk of a humanitarian crisis on America’s southern border. But thanks to new images captured by a pair of Republican senators, that reality is now going to be much harder for the White House to deny.
According to the Washington Examiner, Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn traveled to the U.S.–Mexico border last week to give fellow lawmakers a tour of the Rio Grande and expose, in Cruz’s words, what “the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to see.”
A crisis at the border
In a tweet Friday, Cruz shared four images from his trip, three of which showed what appeared to be migrants sleeping on the floor of an overcrowded facility. A fourth depicted two children with their hands pressed up against a glass window.
“These are the pictures the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to see,” Cruz wrote, as the Examiner reported. “This is why they won’t allow the press.”
Cruz went on to call the situation “a humanitarian and a public health crisis.” Take a look:
These are the pictures the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to see. This is why they won’t allow the press.
This is the CBP facility in Donna, Texas.
This is a humanitarian and a public health crisis. pic.twitter.com/UlibmvAeGN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2021
Sen. Cornyn, for his part, lamented that the situation is unlikely to improve unless the Biden administration alters its course on the issue of immigration. “The Border Patrol and Health and Human Services and the nongovernmental organizations that are struggling to deal with this flood of humanity tell us they cannot get ahead of this without policy changes in Washington, D.C.,” he said, according to the Examiner.
Cornyn and Cruz reportedly hosted other lawmakers including Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R), and South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who similarly attacked the White House over its handling of the growing border crisis.
“Why are 18 senators here?” Graham pressed, as the Examiner reported. “Because it’s the biggest issue facing the country in many ways right now.”
Graham’s comments came after Biden’s first press conference of his presidency last Thursday, which the South Carolina senator called a “nightmare.”
“He told everybody, ‘Don’t worry, we’ve got crowded facilities. We’re going to build 5,000 more beds in Texas and a military base,'” Graham recalled, according to the Examiner. “So, how does that play in Central America? They’re going to expand the number of people they can take.”
Earlier last week, President Biden had announced that he was putting Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of “stemming” migration, the Associated Press reported. “Needless to say, the work will not be easy,” the VP said, in what may be the understatement of the century.