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Sen. Cruz: Dems are ‘the party of open borders’

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) railed against the Democratic party for its open border policies. He appeared on the Ingraham Angle Wednesday to call them “the party of open borders.” While illegal migration surges, Democrat majority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling deportations “hateful and xenophobic.” Meanwhile Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) demands that congress eliminate funding for Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.

First, the Texas Senator expressed his desire to do more for the southern border. Especially since the surge of more than 16,000 migrants arrived at the Del Rio International Bridge this past week alone. 

“The Senate could do a great deal, but we are not going to because there is not a single Democrat who is willing to work with us to secure the border,” Cruz explained. “Today’s Democrats have decided they are the party of open borders.”

However, when it comes to local Democrat lawmakers, they do not share the same sentiment. In fact, they would rather see a more secure border. Cruz said he’s visited many of these border towns. “You know, most of the local elected officials in south Texas are Democrats. That’s long been Democratic area of the state. I have to tell you, every elected Democrat I met with was so horrified by what is happening at the border, they said to me over and over again, they said, ‘Listen, if the Democratic Party is the party of open borders, count me out. I can’t support this.’ It is an unfolding disaster.”

RELATED: DHS Secretary Mayorkas claims to not know how many migrants were released into U.S.

Still, the Democrats in Congress aren’t hearing what their constituents in border states have to say about it. “And yet today’s Washington Democrats, there’s not a single one of them who cares,” Cruz said. “Joe Biden won’t go down to the border. Kamala Harris won’t go down to the border, the Rio Grande Valley, she won’t go to Del Rio. They insist these problems are not happening and this lawlessness — we are already at 1.2 million illegal immigrants, we’re on a path to 2 million illegal immigrants. And as long as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris refuse to apply the law, it will keep getting worse.”

Vice President Kamala Harris last visited El Paso, Texas in June.

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Report: Denver area migrants cost $340 million to shelter, educate

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A report by the free-market Common Sense Institute found the more than 42,000 migrants who have arrived in Denver over the last year and a half have cost the region as much as $340 million. The city of Denver, local school districts, and the region’s health-care system have spent between $216 million and $340 million combined to shelter, feed, clothe, and educate the migrants, and to provide them with emergency medical care.

National Review explains the report builds off a previous report from March that conservatively found that the migrants had cost the region at least $170 million. “Costs are never localized,” said DJ Summers, the institute’s research director. “They expand outward.”

Democratic leaders are being blamed for their welcoming posture toward immigrants generally, and their sanctuary-city policies, which curtail law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Since late December 2022, at least 42,269 migrants — or “newcomers” as Denver leaders call them — have arrived in the city, adds National Review.

The Common Sense Institute report found that the migrant crisis has also hit local emergency rooms hard with extensive expenses. Since December 2022, migrants have made more than 16,000 visits to metro emergency departments. At an estimated cost of about $3,000 per visit, that has resulted in nearly $48 million in uncompensated care.

Summers said those costs are “stressing existing health care organizations,” but they also indirectly hit residents in their pocketbooks through increased insurance prices.

Metro school districts have endured the biggest financial hit — estimated between $98 million and $222 million — according to the Common Sense Institute report. The large range in costs is due to the difficulties researchers had identifying exactly how many new foreign students are tied to the migrant crisis.

The researchers found that since December 2022, 15,725 foreign students have enrolled in local schools. Of those, 6,929 have come from the five countries most closely identified with the migrant crisis — Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

On average, it costs a little over $14,000 to educate a student for a year in a Denver-area public school, but Summers said migrant students likely cost more.

“They have transportation needs that are different, they have acculturation needs that are going to be different, language assistance needs that are going to be different,” he said. “Many of them might need to get up to speed in curriculum. They might need outside tutoring.”

Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers approved $24 million in state funding to help school districts statewide plug budget holes related to the migrant students.

Summers said the updated Common Sense Institute tally is likely still missing some costs related to the ongoing migrant crisis.

“There are definitely additional costs. We just don’t have a great way to measure them just yet,” he said, noting legal fees, crime, and unreported business and nonprofit expenses.

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