Texas Senator Ted Cruz blamed Joe Biden’s administration for promoting an open borders policy, which he believes is creating a catastrophe and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, due to the large number of immigrants who tested positive for COVID-19 and which forced authorities in Hidalgo and McAllen counties to declare a local disaster after reporting a drastic increase in the number of cases.
“Today we just received the news that in recent months the Biden Administration has released more than 7000 illegal migrants who had COVID-19 (…) It is unacceptable and they continue to do so, its open border is endangering not only the people in Texas, but people across the country,” the Republican senator told Fox News.
“Joe Biden is trying to play politics with the pandemic, even as he is releasing illegal immigrants with COVID-19 into the state of Texas,” Ted Cruz added.
In June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded 188,829 police encounters at the southwest land border, a 571% increase over the same month in 2020.
This means that in July the number could reach nearly 210,000, according to projections made by DHS Assistant Secretary for Border and Immigration Policy David Shahoulian.
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“The month of July also probably had a record for the number of unaccompanied minors detentions, over 19,000” Shahoulian said in a court filing in which he described public health concerns.
Faced with this, on July 28, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott issued an order preventing the public from providing transportation to immigrants who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and were released after being apprehended by border agents.
Abbott argued that the increase in COVID-19 cases in Texas was related to the dramatic increase in illegal border crossings. In response, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state in court in El Paso, seeking an immediate block of the order. The injunction will last until August 13.