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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.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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