Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar broke with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and begged Biden to stop dumping covid-infected migrants in his district which sits along the U.S. Mexico border.
“What I’m asking of the Biden administration is to do a pause. Do a pause,” Cuellar said. “They need to prioritize border communities. They need to prioritize the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security.”
“To your point, on May 30, there were 1,307 cases — new cases, in Mexico, of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 17,000. That’s a 13 times increase. Certainly, that must raise red flags at the White House. Even without your pleas, someone’s got to be looking at this data and wondering what plan of action should be taken, don’t you think?” Charles Payne said.
“Absolutely. Look, they don’t need to listen to me. They don’t need to listen to you. But they better listen to the border communities, because those are people that are at the frontline. They also need to listen to the men and women of DHS. Look, last week they had 70 positive cases of agents that were sick. Now it’s 80. Those men and women have families,” Cuellar said.
“You know, I told the White House that they have to — they are deporting people under Title 42, and I support Title 42, especially right now. They need to publicize and show images of people being deported. Because I ask you Charles, have you seen one single picture of somebody being deported? No. I haven’t seen one.”
“I’ve seen people coming in, but we’re not showing people being deported. And you have to do that. If you don’t have any consequences, then there’s a green light, and I emphasize there’s a green light for people to come in,” Cuellar said.
“With all due respect to the administration,” Cuellar said before demanding action, “they need to put a pause on this now for the sake of our border communities.”
“I think you’re probably a thorn in their side,” Payne said.
“I’ll say this very carefully and very diplomatic,” Cuellar added. “The career people at DHS get it, they get it. In fact, when I speak, they have told me privately, ‘Thank you for having our backs.’”
Culeler said earlier:
“There are some very difficult, uncomfortable issues that have to be addressed, but nevertheless, we’re not going to solve everything on this particular trip, but we have to show some sort of progress that will be long-term and short-term in nature.
“Look, we’ve been working on this since 2014. We put in monies, I sit on the Appropriations, we were the first ones to add, you know, $750 million, and, in fact, the administration, the current administration, they still have hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars that we added back in December, and in the Appropriations, we are requesting more money.
“So they have to show that they can, one, stop some of the flow from coming in, because if we look at the root problems, to address the root problems, corruption, crime and all that, that’s going to take years in many ways.
“But we still have to show — we have to show a way that we can slow down the number of people coming in from Central America.
“If we don’t do this, I can tell you that the areas that I represent, the border communities, they’re frustrated. I’m telling you, they are frustrated.
“There are pull factors and push factors that we need to address as soon as possible,” he said.
Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar on the Biden-Harris administration’s decision to release thousands of illegal immigrants into the U.S. without a set court date:— America Rising (@AmericaRising) July 29, 2021
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