Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz tweeted images Friday of what he said were smugglers yelling across the Rio Grande at members of Congress along the US-Mexico border.
“That’s Mexico and you can see that there are three smugglers right there standing on the Mexican side looking at us. They have been shining their flashlights on us, they are yelling at us, ”Cruz said.
The night shot was poorly lit and the suspected smugglers could not be clearly seen.
A wave of migrants has crossed the border since President Biden took office, presenting the first major crisis of his presidency.
Many migrants tell reporters they are drawn to Biden’s promises to accept asylum seekers and reform immigration laws.
Another Republican who crossed the border, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, wrote on Friday On twitter that “the Mexican cartels control who crosses the border. A young Guatemalan mother, sitting on an aluminum blanket with her 1-year-old son, told me that she was paying smugglers $ 6,000. “
Biden denied Thursday that he is to blame for the crisis, insisting the increase is seasonal, despite ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega noting that the mother of a 9-year-old detained boy said she sent it only from Honduras. because of Biden’s words.
The Biden administration has allowed all unaccompanied children illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to remain in the country at least temporarily, but says it expels all single adults and some families under a COVID-19-era policy. Trump.
Yet an average of just 13 percent of the nearly 13,000 family members who attempted to cross the border illegally were returned to Mexico last week, according to one report, undermining the Biden administration’s chorus that most of the people crossing illegally are sent back.