“This past Thursday and Friday, eighteen of my Senate colleagues and I visited the border and witnessed firsthand the staggering public health and humanitarian crisis caused by your policies,” Cruz wrote in a letter to the president.
He added, “We understand the heartbreaking tragedy unfolding at the border because we were there. We saw it. But the American people are unable to see it because you remain intent on keeping the media from shining a light on your administration’s failures.”
The senator mentioned the press conference Republican senators held at the border on Friday.
“Journalists from across the country came to report. Yet not a single one of those cameras, and not a single one of those reporters, was allowed inside the Donna Facility that we toured earlier that day,” Cruz continued.
He explained, “They could not show the American people what it looks like when a tent city built to house 250 children under COVID restrictions instead houses 4,200. They could not show the American people cages after cages of little boys lying side-by-side, of little girls lying side-by-side, covered with reflective emergency blankets with virtually no space between them.”
Cruz mentioned the infants and toddlers allegedly brought to the border by “human traffickers and then left alone,” adding reporters “could not see the row of children who, having just been crammed into the crowded cages, were now testing positive for COVID-19.”
Writing to Biden directly, Cruz said, “The reporters and the cameras could not see any of this because you, President Biden, prevented it.”
Cruz mentioned an incident he had with a Biden administration official who attempted to block him from taking photos of inside a border facility.
“This is outrageous. The Trump administration allowed media into DHS facilities. So did the Obama administration, the Bush administration, and the Clinton administration. But you want to hide what is going on,” he argued.
Concluding his letter, he called on Biden to “stop denying reality, confront the consequences of your policies, and allow the media access to these facilities.”