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Sen. Cruz: Congress Must Devote the Necessary Resources to Deal With the Overwhelming Influx of People Crossing the Border Illegally

Meets with Border Trade Alliance, Rio Grande Valley Partnership, highlights crisis at Texas-Mexico border on Ben Shapiro Show

June 21, 2019

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HOUSTON, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week held meetings in his Washington, D.C. Senate office with members of the Border Trade Alliance and the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. In those meetings, Sen. Cruz participated in a dialogue with the members, and discussed his views regarding trade and immigration, among other issues facing the Texas-Mexico border.

During his meeting with the Border Trade Alliance, Sen. Cruz highlighted the over 144,000 apprehensions on the Texas-Mexico border, which continue to overwhelm infrastructure and border communities.

"The Texas border is a wonderful place," Sen. Cruz said to the Border Trade Alliance. "Unfortunately right now, the border is a flashpoint for enormous political disagreement. On border security, what we are seeing is a crisis. As you know, we apprehended over 144,000 people in a single month. That is a pace, which if it continues for 12 months, would put us on a pace for nearly two million apprehensions on the border. That exceeds what we can handle. And I've heard from a number of you in this room about how the volume of illegal crossings is now overwhelming infrastructure, overwhelming the ability of the communities to absorb that much population coming in."

In his meeting with the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, Sen. Cruz reiterated his commitment to devoting the resources necessary for securing the border.

"I have heard from leaders in the Valley, I have heard from leaders up and down the border that it is swamping the capacity of the communities to deal with that volume of people coming," Sen. Cruz said to the Rio Grande Valley Partnership. "That is exceeds the infrastructure capacity. And I can tell you on my end that I am pressing hard for us to devote the resources necessary to deal with the incredible influx of people coming illegally, but also to close the loopholes that Congress has put in place."

Sen. Cruz also addressed the issue of trade with the groups, noting that the border is a "thriving example" of international trade.

"The single most frequent concern I hear from Texas business leaders is trade," Sen. Cruz said to the Border Trade Alliance. "I know there is a lot of anxiety in this room over trade and I understand that; you are not crazy to be anxious about it. Within the Trump administration, there are divided voices. Some voices within the administration want to tear down the barriers of our trading partners, to letting our goods and services into their markets and want to increase international trade. Other voices in the administration want to erect barriers into our own markets and want to decrease international trade. Between those two, I am emphatically in the camp of the former and not the latter. I believe in international trade. Texas does well, Texas farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and small businesses, we do well if our markets are open and the border is a thriving example of that. I have had the great pleasure of touring factories and plants and businesses all up and down the border and it is incredible, the opportunity that we are seeing, flourishing on the border through doing trade with Mexico and more broadly with the world."

When asked about the ongoing crisis at the border on the Ben Shapiro Show, Sen. Cruz urged his colleagues in Congress to provide the resources necessary to secure the border and build the wall. Listen to the full interview here.

"We are seeing an absolute crisis on the border," Sen. Cruz said. "My home state of Texas, of the 2,000 miles of border the United States has with Mexico, 1,200 of those miles are in Texas. And we are seeing the crisis, you know when I'm down at the border, I spend a lot of time at the border, when I'm down at the border and the Rio Grande Valley, or all along the border, local officials there say they are being overwhelmed, and these are elected Democrats on the border but they are saying the volume of illegal immigration is so overwhelming right now.

"The position of congressional Democrats is essentially they are telling everyone ‘go jump in a lake,'" Sen. Cruz continued. "The president, the administration has asked for a supplemental funding bill of $4.5 billion to provide the resources to deal with this crisis at the border and to date, congressional Democrats have said ‘hell no,' they are not willing to do anything. I hope that they change. That is really a heartless position, and my understanding is next week, the Senate is going to vote on this, so we will see where Senate Democrats line up. But right now, they are telling those children who are coming across the border that they are not willing to provide any resources that those kids, those families need -- that we need to secure the border and stop this crisis."

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