Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking the agency to set up donations processes so that people can give supplies to help the migrants detained at the southern border.
The letter — sent on Monday to acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan — recounted that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) “apprehended or found inadmissible more than 144,000 illegal immigrants” in May of this year and that DHS facilities along the border are “at peak or beyond peak capacity” due to the heavy influx of migrants.
He went on to say that a lot of Americans want to “provide more direct and tangible help” in the form of donations made up of “basic items” such as “diapers and toothpaste” and that the “desire” to help is “deeply rooted in our nation’s history.”
“Americans have long banded together to form charities and faith-based organizations to aid those in need,” wrote Cruz. “But I understand that many of these organizations are currently having difficulty making donations because DHS and CBP currently lack procedures to accept their donations.”
The Texas senator — who defeated 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) in their contentious 2018 Senate race — also called on DHS to “establish and publicize” ways for the department to accept donations from those wishing to help the detained migrants.
“I thus urge you to establish and publicize a process for accepting donations from charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, and NGOs to aid individuals in CBP custody,” the Texas Republican continued in his letter. “Even with the additional supplemental emergency funding, I am confident that DHS and CBP can still use the generosity of the American people to help manage the humanitarian crisis on our border.”
Cruz’s letter comes as a group House Democratic lawmakers visited a detention facility in El Paso, Texas.
As IJR Red previously reported, self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was called out for her criticism of the facility and its employees by counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who said that the New York Democrat had no business going after CBP after she chose not to vote for supplemental humanitarian aid funding for the border.