Sen. Cruz: Biden ‘Political Operative’ Tried to Block Me from Filming the Border Crisis

A. Kim | March 30, 2021 | 4:22pm EDT
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).  (Getty Images)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- On Thursday, March 25, while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border to get a real understanding of the humanitarian crisis unfolding there, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was inside one of the overrun detention centers filming the situation when a Biden “political operative” tried to stop him and repeatedly got in the way of his video recorder.

“These are the pictures the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to see,” Sen. Cruz tweeted on Friday. “This is why they won’t allow the press [in]. This is the CBP facility in Donna, Texas. This is a humanitarian and a public health crisis.”

On March 28, Cruz tweeted footage of the “political operative” trying to block his filming. He also wrote in the tweet, “How far is Joe Biden going to stop the American people from seeing inside the Donna CBP facility? Biden sent a political operative from DC to block our cameras and even threatened another senator to obstruct legitimate congressional oversight.”

(Twitter, Sen. Cruz)
(Twitter, Sen. Cruz)

In the video, Cruz can be heard talking to the political operative. “So, you work for the commissioner, your senior advisor, you were hired two weeks ago, and you’re instructed to ask us to not have any pictures taken here because the political leadership at the DHS does not want the American people to know it?” said Cruz.

(Twitter, Sen. Cruz)
(Twitter, Sen. Cruz)

The person, apparently a woman wearing a mask, does not deny Cruz’s assessment in the footage. But she repeatedly calls on Cruz to  “please respect the rules“ and “please respect the people.” Cruz blurred the faces of all the migrant detainees in the video as to not violate their privacy. 

“The rules are arbitrary and designed to keep the American people in the dark,“ Cruz states in the video.

“We went and toured the Biden cages. For four years we heard Democrats and the media talking about kids in cages under president Trump -- Joe Biden has built more cages, the cages are bigger and they’re more full,” Cruz told FNC's "Sunday Morning Futures on Mar. 28. 

"The Donna facility, where that video you just showed was taken, the Donna facility is this giant tent city that they have built," said Cruz. "It's massive. It's designed to hold 1,000 people. But under COVID restrictions, its capacity is 250. It right now has over 4,000 people in it. It is at a 1500 percent capacity."

"And that meant you saw in these cages, children, little boys and little girls, side by side," said the senator. "They're not six feet apart. They're not three feet apart. They're not even six inches apart. They're lying on the floor. There are no beds. They're lying on the floor side by side. They're covered with aluminum foil emergency blankets."


(Twitter, Sen. Cruz)
(Twitter, Sen. Cruz)
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