Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, put President Joe Biden’s updated National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking plan on full blast, challenging the Democrat to start taking the issue seriously by fixing the crisis at the southern border.
“How ‘bout secure the damn border?” Cruz said in a post on Twitter, responding to the anti-trafficking effort.
How ‘bout secure the damn border? https://t.co/8rM8QIyAlb
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 8, 2021
Biden’s plan to combat human trafficking includes a “new focus on gender and racial equity and workers’ rights,” according to The Hill.
“Human trafficking is a stain on our society’s conscience and an affront to the ideals that form the basis of our national strength: liberty, justice, equality, and opportunity,” Biden went on to say in a statement put out on Friday.
While combating human trafficking remains an important priority, an area of high risk of trafficking in the U.S. is the southern border.
In November, Cruz questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
During the first round of questioning, “Mayorkas could not provide data on the conditions in immigration detention facilities, the crime caused by dangerous human trafficking, or how many COVID-positive illegal aliens the Biden administration has released into the United States. In his second round of questioning, Sec. Mayorkas refused to answer for the Biden administration’s proposed policy of paying illegal immigrants,” according to a press release put out by Sen. Cruz’s office.
Cruz then remarked on the discussion during a chat with Fox News host Sean Hannity after the hearing, saying, “So I asked Secretary Mayorkas, ‘How many kids have been put in the Biden cages?’ He didn’t know. I asked him, ‘How many people coming here illegally have died, had been abandoned to die in the desert by the coyotes?’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ I asked him, ‘How many women being trafficked in by human traffickers have been sexually assaulted?’ He said, ‘I didn’t know.’ I asked him, ‘How many of the children, of the over 100,000 children that are brought in by human traffickers, how many of them have been sexually assaulted?’ He said he didn’t know.”
Cruz then stated that he believed the Biden administration was intentionally allowing human trafficking, along with other evil practices, to continue.
“I’ve got to tell you, in Texas, we’re paying the price. When I’m down on the border, when I’m talking to farmers and ranchers and sheriffs and law enforcement, they are fed up. They are fed up with the crime, with the disease, with the poverty. It is overwhelming the State of Texas, and this administration is creating this lawlessness, and they’re doing it deliberately,” the senator said.