During a Wednesday evening press conference on southern border security, junior Senator from Alabama Katie Britt pleaded with members of the press to cover the horrors at the border; it’s “an American nightmare.”
“Drug cartels, guys, they have their tentacles all over this country,” Alabama’s junior senator said from Eagle Pass, Texas pm Wednesday. “We need you to start telling that story.”
“Just the other day in Alabama a gentleman told me, ‘If you will come back here with me in this neighborhood right behind you, you will see migrants who are here illegally, and they will tell you about the drug cartels coming around every other week to collect,’” Britt recounted.
“Guys, that’s not the American Dream,” the senator said. “That’s an American nightmare.”
During one stop, “I looked in the eyes of [Customs and Border Patrol] agents who said ‘We’re exhausted, we’re not only having to be paper pushers, we’re often trying to do what we took an oath of office to do and that is to protect this border,’” Britt recounted on Wednesday.
“But when they tell you about finding small children who had drowned in that river or pulling a lifeless body of a woman who is pregnant with twins it changes the way you think about what’s happening,” she said.
“To Sen. Cruz’s point, if you’re not telling it, that’s on you,” she said.
“Because when a woman sits there and she tells you not just about being raped, but how many times a day she’s raped — when she tells you about having to lay in that bed while they come in and out, in and out it’s disgusting and it’s despicable,” Britt said, pounding the podium with her fist in anger.
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