Cruz: Border Crisis a Direct Consequence of Obama’s ‘Lawlessness’

By Melanie Arter | July 10, 2014 | 11:29 AM EDT

Immigrant families and children's advocates rally outside the Los Angeles Federal building Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

( - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, called the border crisis a “direct consequence of President Obama’s lawlessness.”

“There’s one thing President Obama has said about what is happening that is absolutely correct – this is a humanitarian disaster, but it is a disaster of the president’s own making. It is a disaster that is the direct consequence of President Obama’s lawlessness. A quick review of the facts makes that abundantly apparent,” Cruz said.

Cruz cited the dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children who entered the United States illegally between 2012 - when President Barack Obama granted amnesty to some illegals – and 2014.

“In 2011, just three years ago, there were roughly 6,000 unaccompanied children apprehended trying to cross illegally into this country. Then in 2012, in the summer of 2012, right before the election, President Obama illegally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people who are here illegally who had entered the country as children,” Cruz said.

“The direct, predictable, foreseeable consequence of granting that amnesty is the number of children, unaccompanied children, immediately began to skyrocket,” he added.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), from fiscal year 2013 (26,206) to fiscal year 2014 (52,193) alone, there was a 99 percent uptick in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing illegally into the U.S. along the southwest border.

“This year, the estimates are that 90,000 unaccompanied children will enter the country illegally. That’s up from 6,000 just three years ago – 6,000 to 90,000. Next year, the estimate is 145,000. And this explosion is the direct consequence of the president’s lawlessness, and it’s worth underscoring: the people who are being hurt the most are these kids,” Cruz said.

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