U.S. Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas criticized President Joe Biden and his administration on Friday during an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto following a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border by a White House delegation he said failed to interact with anyone, including lawmakers.
As he introduced the segment, Cavuto played a video clip of Cuellar and Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn taking part in a town hall-style event in Carrizo Springs, Texas, where both discussed the burgeoning migrant crisis building on the border.
After being brought in by the host, Cuellar explained that he and Cornyn also traveled to Laredo, Texas, for additional discussions with concerned parties including Border Patrol and immigration officials, mayors, county judges, and others.
Cavuto went on to note that the Biden administration has yet to call the situation along the border a crisis while asking the Texas Democrat if he thought the president should have made the trip with his delegation earlier this week.
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“Absolutely,” Cuellar said, adding that he also invited then-President Barack Obama to visit the border during migrant crises when he was in office.
“Any president should spend time with border communities,” he said. “Any president should come down [and] really spend time with border communities. You know, the president sent a delegation and a bunch of folks from the White House. They didn’t talk to anybody, not even members of Congress down here.”
Cavuto then suggested that some political observers and members of Congress believe the administration is encouraging mass illegal immigration with its policies so that later a “forced” solution would include amnesty for millions in the belief most would vote for Democrats.
“I don’t think that’s the situation at all,” Cuellar responded. “Look, we’re still using Title 42 for male adults. For example, in Laredo, Texas, 73 percent of the people coming in are Mexican male adults, and they are all pretty much turned back to Mexico. So people are being returned back,” he said.
“Again, what is the law in the United States? Unless they become citizens, which, we have 11 or 12 million that have been in the shadows for so many years, they’ll never be able to vote unless we change and have comprehensive immigration reform,” he added.
During his earlier town hall with Cornyn, Cuellar said that migrants in the country illegally were already being bused to larger cities in Texas.
“I don’t know the vehicles that they are using but from EOR [Executive Office of Immigration Review] if they are in Dilley or there in Karnes City, we were told this morning that they are dropped off in San Antonio and Austin,” he said, citing information given to him by immigration officials.
Ahead of the event, Cuellar’s office released video of a large group of migrants crossing illegally into south Texas, KFOX-14 reported. His office said the video was “recent” but did not provide further details including where, exactly, along the Rio Grande the crossing took place.
Also, Fox Nation host Lara Logan, who has been filming a series on the growing border crisis, posted a video to Twitter earlier this week showing a long line of migrants waiting to cross illegally into the U.S.
“This was the southern border in Texas this am – according to law enforcement sources. Not the view those in power are eager for people to see & pushback is already starting but those on the ground know the truth,” she wrote.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 12, 2021
On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged there has been “a large flow of children” streaming across the border, but insisted a majority of people are being turned back.
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