President Joe Biden is under fire for the influx of migrants at the southern border. Senator Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, and more than a dozen Republican Senators went to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where most migrants are crossing into the United States.
“John and I were able to bring 18 senators down to Texas, down to the Valley, to see firsthand the crisis that is unfolding here,” Cruz said in a press conference. “All of us today witnessed the ‘Biden cages.’ What is occurring here on the border is heartbreaking, and it is a tragedy.”
According to USA Today, the group of lawmakers toured the Customs and Border Protection Facility in Donna, Texas, took a boat tour in Mission, Texas, and toured the border during the night with the National Border Patrol Council in Mission.
Cruz and Cornyn criticized President Joe Biden for reversing Trump’s policies and say that the reversal has lead to an influx of migrants at the border.
“When they say this is Trump problem, they’re lying. This is a problem of their own making,” Senator Lindsey Graham said.
Cruz described the Donna facility as “inhumane.”
In a separate trip, Rep. Joaquin Castro and a group of Democratic House members toured the influx facility for children that is run by the Department of Health and Human Services in Carrizo Springs, Texas.
“We want to find solutions for this situation,” Castro said in a press conference. “We want to figure out how this system can work better, so that it’s more humane, more respectful of people’s dignity and ultimately achieves its goal which is to give people their day in court to be considered for asylum.”
President Biden said that the majority of the migrants are being sent back.
“If you take a look at the number of people who are coming, the vast majority, the overwhelming majority of people coming to the border and crossing are being sent back,” Biden said. “Tens of thousands of people who are, who are over 18 years of age and single… have been sent back, sent home.”
Biden announced Wednesday that Vice President Kamala Harris is taking the lead in mitigating migration at the border by working with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.