President Donald Trump traveled to McAllen, Texas, on Thursday in hopes of gaining more support for his proposed $5.7 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to curb illegal immigration, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) showed up in defense of border security.
The Republican senator of a border state said President Trump’s visit to the southern border was “valuable,” while also slamming Democrats for being “out of touch.”
In day-21 of the partial government shutdown, there still seems to be no negotiation between the president and congressional leaders on legislation that includes border wall funding.
Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Cruz spoke about the situation at the border and how there are “real human tragedies” at the southern border with families affected by illegal immigration.
He suggested Sen. Chuck Schumer and House Speaker forced the shutdown because “they are so adamantly opposed to securing the border,” adding “that’s really out of touch and it’s not where the American people are.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was also present at the southern border.
The president gave advice to the two senators to “‘stay strong,’ and we will,” Cornyn told Hannity, “We’re not going to fold.”
“This is not just about economic migrants, this is about illegal drugs, it’s about human trafficking, it’s about crime,” Cornyn said, mentioning how the president’s visit helped bring more light to the situation at the border.
Cruz said Democrats “try to clock their support for open borders by saying it’s compassionate,” adding that “it’s not compassionate to want even a single little boy or a single little girl in the custody of human traffickers.”
“You know what the compassionate thing to do is?” Cruz said. “Secure this border and stop illegal immigration.”
Cruz pointed out how Schumer and other Democrats previously voted for $40 billion for border security when they voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006 which had constructed 700 miles of fencing along the border — which shows that “their objection is pure politics. They hate the president.”
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Appearing on “Hannity,” the president said: “It’s not a money thing, it’s a political thing.”
“They’ll do whatever they can to win,” President Trump said about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and other Democrats not wanting to allow him a win with following through with his campaign promise, as Democrats are “not feeling too good” about the upcoming 2020 presidential campaign race.
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As the division in Washington, D.C., continues, by the end of the day, the partial government shutdown would be the longest shutdown in history.