He’s echoing calls from his Republican colleagues for congressional Democrats to work together with Republicans to address the border situation. Border agents apprehended over 100,000 total migrants each month trying to cross illegally into the U.S. for four consecutive months and are on track to over double the number apprehended in the fiscal year 2018.
If the flow of migrants to the U.S. southern border continues, the Republican lawmaker noted “we’re looking at nearly 2 million apprehensions in a single year,” he wrote in a Fox News op-ed published on Saturday.
“In response to the massive numbers of illegal immigrants coming through the border, 60 percent of Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley are helping to process and care for family units,” Cruz wrote. “Only 40 percent of Border Patrol agents are now dedicated to border security, further exacerbating the problem.”
The Texas senator laid out ways that he believes will help address the “emergency” at the border, including the “El Chapo Act,” the “Wall Act,” and closing loopholes in the U.S. asylum laws.
“It’s irresponsible, it’s unjust, and it’s heartless to ignore this ongoing crisis,” Cruz said.
The “El Chapo Act”
The “Wall Act”
Cruz said the “Wall Act,” which he co-sponsors, would “fully fund the border wall by closing loopholes that provide illegal immigrants with federal benefits and tax credits, without affecting the benefits and tax credits used by Americans.”
He called the two bills “commonsense ways to secure our border.”
Fixing U.S. asylum laws
Additionally, the Republican lawmaker called on Congress to fix loopholes in the immigration system by adding judges and expediting asylum claims.
Cruz isn’t the only Republican Congress member whose pushed for solutions on the border situation, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) previously laid out a plan, which includes moving asylum claims outside of the U.S., adding judges, and extending the detention period for families. Another border-state representative, Dan. Crenshaw (R-Texas), told IJR previously that Graham’s proposal is “absolutely necessary.”
“Now more than ever, Democrats in Congress need to finally do their jobs and work with Republicans and President Trump to secure our border,” Cruz declared.