U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw ripped the Biden administration over its immigration policies and the effect that the latest border laws are having on his home state of Texas.
The Republican lawmaker slammed the “usual euphemisms” used by Democrats to “cover up their lies” during a Fox News interview on Wednesday as he called out President Joe Biden’s latest orders for “prioritizing illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens.”
Crenshaw’s comments came as the Department of Homeland Security has projected there may be 117,000 unaccompanied children attempting to cross the southern U.S. border illegally this year and as Biden dismissed questions about a “crisis” at the border.
Asked by reporters, the president asserted that “we will be able to handle it, God willing.”
(Source: Fox News)
“It’s the usual euphemisms to cover up their lies, right? If it’s not a crisis, it’s a challenge. It’s not a cage, it’s a soft-sided structure,” Crenshaw reacted to host Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday.
“The Democrats and Joe Biden want more illegal immigrants crossing our border. They want this. Now in the past, they used always used to say ‘no, we want border security, it’s just that we don’t want Trump’s big dumb wall.’ Well, we shouldn’t believe them,” he said, noting how Biden “ripped up” the very policies that the Trump administration had put in place that prevented the crisis that is once again unfolding on the border.
“You can see in interviews, people coming in caravans to the U.S. as Biden was getting inaugurated saying ‘New president now, here we come,'” Crenshaw noted. “There’s lines and lines of people, ok? They’re just waiting to come in. You know who they’re cutting in front of? Legal immigrants. My stepmother is a legal immigrant who waited years to come to this country.”
The former United States Navy SEAL officer expressed his frustration with how the current border crisis is playing out amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Here’s what’s even most infuriating about the COVID-positive cases that you just mentioned. U.S. citizens have to get a negative test before coming back into our country. This administration is prioritizing illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens,” he declared.
Officials in a Texas city on the U.S.-Mexico border reported that 108 illegal immigrants released by Border Patrol into the state had tested positive for COVID-19.
“What immediately needs to happen is they need to reinstitute the migrant protection protocols, which is the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. This single action by the Trump administration almost single-handedly dropped illegal crossings,” Crenshaw told Doocy.
“It creates a disincentive to just cross, because they know they’re going to be sent right back to Mexico. When you just say, ‘Hey, if you cross, well, we’ll just give you a bus ticket anywhere you want, no matter what kind of COVID you have, it doesn’t really matter,’ of course, there’s a massive incentive for thousands and thousands more people to come across and they drag children with them,” he added.
“Here’s the worst part about this,” Crenshaw concluded. “This encourages child trafficking. A lot of times I talk to a lot of border agents, they see these kids just recycled over and over again because these adults know all they need is a kid with them.”
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