US Ted Cruz Calls Joe Biden, Kamala Harris 'Inhumane' After Video Shows Crying Child Abandoned at Border
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Vice President Kamala Harris made history again Friday as the first woman to deliver the commencement address at a U.S. Naval Academy graduation. "Midshipmen, we are now entering the next era. A new age. A new epoch, with its own challenges, and with its own opportunities," Harris began, speaking at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
Texas GOP Senatorcalled President and Vice President "inhumane" on Thursday, tweeting a video showing an abandoned child crying at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The video, which has been circulating on social media, shows a child left at the border. The child can be seen yelling toward a couple after they abandoned him there.reported that the boy can be heard saying, "Here, here! No, no! Don't go, no!"
On Thursday, Cruz tweeted the video and wrote, "This video of a child being abandoned at the Texas-Mexico border is absolutely heartbreaking."
Ted Cruz Mocks Kamala Harris' 'Monty Python' Leadership Over Border Crisis
The Republican senator criticized the vice president as border patrol agents continued to deal with mass migration.The Texas Republican tweeted a news story about Harris alongside a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the 1975 British comedy film parodying the legend of King Arthur.
He added, "It's completely inhumane how Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are allowing human traffickers and cartels to exploit young, innocent children at our southern border."
This video of a child being abandoned at the Texas-Mexico border is absolutely heartbreaking.
It’s completely inhumane how Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are allowing human traffickers and cartels to exploit young, innocent children at our southern border. pic.twitter.com/SJiLXILMyy— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 3, 2021
As the video ends, Border Patrol agents can be seen assisting the child and moving him away from the area.
Since taking office, Biden and Harris have faced criticisms from many, including Cruz, for their administration's handling of the surge in migrants crossing the border.
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden haven’t yet visited the US-Mexico border. Texas officials are mixed on whether they need to
Vice President Kamala Harris visits Guatemala and Mexico this week, but she and President Joe Biden haven't visited the U.S.-Mexico border this year.But for months, Harris' presence has been requested someplace else: The U.S. southern border. Mostly Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called on Harris and President Joe Biden to visit areas along the U.S.-Mexico border, where they say a dramatic increase of migrants has developed into a crisis. Members of the House and Senate have flown into border towns, toured intake facilities and taken boat rides on the Rio Grande River. And their message to Harris and Biden has been: Come see it for yourself.
While the Biden administration has stressed that the border is not open, the number of migrants crossing over from Mexico has significantly increased since the beginning of the year. According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Border Patrol agents encountered 178,622 migrants attempting to cross the border in April, including 13,962 unaccompanied children.
In April, the CBP released a similar video showing Border Patrol agents rescuing two young migrant girls after being dropped over a border wall in New Mexico. "Immediately after both children landed on the ground, two smugglers immediately fled the area and abandoned the helpless little girls on the north side of the international boundary line," the CBP said in the statement with the video.
This is not the first time Cruz has criticized Biden and Harris for their handling of the border situation. In April, Cruz led a delegation of senators to tour the southern border and called migrant facilities in the U.S. "grotesque and inhumane."
Harris told to 'go home' by protesters during her trip to Guatemala
Kamala Harris was greeted with protesters demanding she 'mind her own business' when she arrived in Guatemala for her first international trip as vice president. 'Kamala go home,' one white flag with black painted letters read.
"Texans are mad and frustrated, and they should be," Cruz said during an April interview with Newsmax. "Over the last decade, I have been down to the border many times representing the great state of Texas. I've seen it bad before, but I've never seen it remotely as bad as it is now. I went with the Border Patrol agency, and we saw caravans of people hiking north from the Rio Grande River, kids walking alone, mothers with infants walking alone and coming up here."
On Wednesday, Texas Governorvowed that state authorities will begin arresting all migrants illegally crossing the border into the U.S.
"I don't think this has ever happened before. We're about to change the way Texas addresses the challenges on the border. We're going to start increasing arrests," Abbott said while appearing on Fox News' Hannity.
"The law that I'm going to use will be legal ways in which Texas is going to start arresting everybody coming across the border," he continued. "Not just arresting them but, because this is not going to be aggravated trespass, they're going to be spending a half a year in jail, if not a year in jail, as well as other action that I will be announcing next week."
Mexico president appears to hold key majority in elections
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s party and allies seemed poised to keep a majority in Mexico’s lower chamber of congress in initial results.López Obrador’s Morena party will have to rely on votes from its allies in the Workers Party and Green Party, but together they were expected to capture between 265 and 292 seats in the 500-seat lower house. Morena alone was expected to win 190 to 203 seats, according to preliminary vote counts.
Newsweek reached out to Cruz and the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador meets with Harris Tuesday as she leads efforts to stem illegal immigration at the southern border.The Vice President met with community organizers, business owners and Presidents Alejandro Giammattei and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leaders of Guatemala and Mexico, respectively. In March, President Joe Biden tasked Harris with addressing an increase in migration — including unaccompanied minors — at the southern border.