Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) broke ranks with his fellow Democrats on Monday, calling out President Joe Biden for his failure to adequately address the crisis at the southern border.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Cuellar sharply criticized Biden for his hypocrisy in repealing Title 42.
“You can’t say we have a pandemic or a public health issue here but then say everything is fine at the border and then lift the Title 42, which is a health order. You just can’t have both,” the congressman said.
The Biden administration has announced their decision to repeal Title 42 on May 23. The Trump-era policy allows immigration officials to require migrants to wait outside of the U.S. while their asylum claims are being processed, and allows border officials to expel illegal immigrants who attempt to enter the U.S. from a country in which a communicable disease — such as COVID-19 — is present.
“Certainly, right now, the cartels are looking at Title 42. The moment they lift that, you’re going to start seeing a lot more people coming across [the border],” Cuellar, whose congressional district sits on the U.S.-Mexico border, explained.
Later in the interview, the Democrat congressman revealed a startling statistic, telling the “Fox & Friends” hosts that only 40% of Border Patrol agents in the Laredo and Rio Grande border sectors — which are at the center of the border crisis — are actually working on border security.
“Think about that: 60% in both of those sectors right now, their men and women are changing diapers, are making food for the migrants — important work, but they don’t belong there. They should be out there. So we are only working with 40% of our personnel, Border Patrol. You can bet that the bad guys know this,” Cuellar stated.
The congressman went on to say that, because of the current situation, Border Patrol agents have become extremely demoralized.
“Right now, when you talk to men and women in green and in blue, they feel demoralized. They don’t feel that Washington has their backs,” Cuellar said.
“You know, the other 60% of the Border Patrol, the two sectors I mentioned, they want to be out there securing a border. They don’t want to be changing the diapers and all that,” he added. “Look, it’s OK to listen to immigration activists when this policy has been made, but who’s listening to the men and women in green, who’s listening to the border communities?”
Cuellar’s comments come as data shows Border Patrol agents intercepted 221,303 migrants in March, which is the most during Biden’s tenure in office, and nearly an all-time monthly record.