Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on Fox News and blamed the current humanitarian crisis involving a flood of children and older minors entering the U.S. illegally on President Barrack Obama’s failure to secure the U.S. border with Mexico and the President’s rhetoric on the issue. Sen. Cruz appeared on The Kelly File with Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night to discuss this crisis and the trade of the five Taliban terrorists.
During the interview with Cruz, Fox News streamed the photos released by Breitbart Texas managing director, Brandon Darby, that brought the deplorable conditions under which these children are being held to light. “This is a humanitarian crisis and it is a direct result of President Obama’s lawlessness and unwillingness to enforce the law,” Sen. Cruz said. “In 2011 there were roughly 6,000 unaccompanied minors that came across the border. This year it is expected there would be roughly 90,000, next year they’re projecting up to 145,000.”
“It’s important to understand what causes this… President Obama unilaterally and illegally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people who were here illegally who came as children,” Cruz stated.
Cruz went on to say, “And what that has prompted as parents throughout Central and South America are giving their young children, and handing them over to smugglers. And it’s worth emphasizing, these are transnational global criminal cartels and parents are giving them teenage girls, teenage boys, these boys are subject, these girls are subject to physical assault, to sexual assault, to being sold in the prostitution. It is horrific.”
Addressing the exchange of the “Taliban 5” terrorists for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Cruz said, “All five of these were senior members of the Taliban, which was intertwined with Al Qaeda, who I know no one needs reminding on September 11th, 2001 murdered nearly 3,000 people on the American homeland… Our young men and women, our soldiers, went and expended blood and treasure to capture these five senior terrorists.”
“They were high priority targets,” Cruz continued. “We captured them and by releasing them, the President made one very candid admission. When he was asked he said it was quote, ‘absolutely possible that these five senior terrorists would return to actively waging war against America.'”
“We’re still fighting the war. The Taliban is fighting against the men and women of our military and trying to kill Americans today,” Cruz concluded.
Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX