In a graphic, one-minute video he posted to social media July 25, the Texas senator is seen at night in a caravan of Border Patrol vehicles. The brief clip shows illegal immigrants, many of them children, being processed by federal agents after they entered the country. Most of them, if not all, will likely remain here, too, but their trip across the border is not done.
Looking directly into the camera, Sen. Cruz says even the young children he saw owe “thousands and thousands” of dollars to the drug cartels that brought them here.
“The teenage boys work for the gangs in every city in America,” Cruz says, “and the teenage girls experience a Hell worse than that, with far too many of them human-trafficked into sex slavery.”
The senator summarized that situation as a “narco slave trade,” referring to illegal drugs.
The video is labeled "graphic" because is depicts the bodies of illegal aliens who drowned or died in the desert while attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
Reacting to Sen. Cruz and his video, Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform tells AFN the already-powerful cartels are being allowed to “flourish” because President Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of Homeland Security, have created “conditions” at the border that are welcoming record numbers of illegal aliens.
What kind of record? In the month of June, the Border Patrol recorded 207,416 “encounters” with illegal aliens which set a new one-month record. The numbers for the 2022 fiscal year are expected to break the records set in previous years, which were already jaw-dropping to consider if those illegals ignore their federal immigration court dates and are never deported.
Those mandatory court cases, in which a federal judge reviews an illegal alien's status, are famously backlogged by years with an estimated two million files so far. So federal prosecutors are outright dismissing them by the tens of thousands, The Washington Examiner reported last month.
“Look, Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas, if the cartels had employee-of-the-month awards,” Mehlman says, “they would have won it now for the past 18 months.”
Mayorkas was blasted earlier this month when he insisted the “border is secure” while speaking at an annual forum to, ironically enough, discuss national security issues.
“Hundreds of thousands crossing every month is not the definition of secure,” a Border Patrol agent complained to Fox News afterward. “They are liars and anyone who believes them are fools.”