Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doubled-down on her party’s assertions that the crisis on the southern border has nothing to do with Joe Biden’s policies; insisting Donald Trump “took babies out of the arms of their mothers.”
“What is happening here is not the same as what happened during the Trump administration, where they took babies out of the arms of their mothers and deported their families and permanently traumatized these children,” said AOC.
“This keeps happening over and over and over again is a political failure by both parties!” she added.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 1, 2021
New video surfaced on social media Thursday showing dozens of migrants walking into downtown McAllen, Texas after being released by Border Patrol Agents.
“I’m in McAllen, TX where Border Patrol is releasing families around the clock and testing them before they are walked over to a Catholic Charities shelter. From here, families will depart for destinations across the US. Note: no ankle monitors like in 2019,” posted a reporter with the Washington Examiner.
I’m in McAllen, TX where Border Patrol is releasing families around the clock and testing them before they are walked over to a Catholic Charities shelter. From here, families will depart for destinations across the US.
Note: no ankle monitors like in 2019https://t.co/nxmnveW8aN pic.twitter.com/9rcYMfPD4r
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) April 1, 2021
Agents with the Federal Government released disturbing footage Thursday of human traffickers viciously throwing a 5-year-old and 3-year-old girl over the border wall into the United States then running back into Mexico.
“Smugglers, under cover of night, scaled a 14 ft. border barrier and cruelly dropped 2 young children in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The girls, ages 3 & 5, were left miles from the nearest residence. Thank you STN Agents for rescuing these children!” posted an agent with the El Paso Sector of Border Patrol.
Smugglers, under cover of night, scaled a 14 ft. border barrier and cruelly dropped 2 young children in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The girls, ages 3 & 5, were left miles from the nearest residence. Thank you STN Agents for rescuing these children! @CBP @CBPWestTexas pic.twitter.com/U91y2g8Lk1
— Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefEPT) March 31, 2021
“I’m appalled by the way these smugglers viciously dropped innocent children from a 14-foot border barrier last night. If not for the vigilance of our agents using mobile technology, these two tender-aged siblings would have been exposed to the harsh elements of desert environment for hours,” Chavez said.
“We are currently working with our law enforcement partners in Mexico and attempting to identify these ruthless human smugglers so as to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” she added.
Watch the disturbing footage above.
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‘KIDS IN CONTAINERS?’ Press Sec Says Only a ‘Couple of Options’ for Unaccompanied Minors at the Border
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration’s decision to re-open facilities for children crossing the US border without their parents Wednesday; saying the policies are vastly different than the Trump administration’s programs.
“You said it’s not ‘Kids in Cages.’ We’ve seen some photos now of containers. Is it ‘Kids in Containers’ instead of ‘Kids in Cages’?” asked reporter Peter Doocy.
“We have a number of unaccompanied children who are coming into the country without their families. What we’re not doing is ripping them from the arms of their parents at the border. We’re not doing that,” said Psaki.
“We can send them back, we can transfer them, or we can put them with families and sponsors without any vetting. We’ve chosen the middle option,” she added.
.@PDoocy: "Is it kids in containers instead of kids in cages?"@PressSec: "What we are not doing, what the last administration did, was separate those kids, rip them from the arms of their parents at the border. We are not doing that." pic.twitter.com/LkJdkRE2xh
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 24, 2021
Watch Psaki’s comments above.
‘CARTEL ENCOUNTER’: Ted Cruz Encounters Drug Traffickers at US-Mexico Border
From Fox News:
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has detailed how a Republican Senate delegation to the border, led by him, encountered human traffickers and cartel members yelling at them and taunting law enforcement — as they saw the crisis at the border up close.
“We have been listening to and seeing cartel members, human traffickers right on the other side of the river, waving flashlights yelling and taunting Americans, taunting the Border Patrol because they know under the current policies of the Biden administration they can flood over here,” Cruz said in a video.
“They’re getting paid $4-5000 a person to smuggle them into the country and… when they smuggle them in, the Biden administration releases them,” he said.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 26, 2021
Republicans have been turning up the heat on the Biden administration over its handling of the surge at the border. They say that rapid reversals of Trump-era policies, such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), and a narrowing of deportation priorities have encouraged migrants to make the often-dangerous journey north.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 100,000 migrants in February and that number is expected to have risen in March. There are currently more than 5,000 migrants in CBP custody and more than 11,000 in Health and Human Services (HHS) custody, and the administration is seeking to open more facilities in a scramble to house them.
Watch the incredible footage above.