Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, posted a graphic video appearing to show the narcotics slave trade on the US-Mexico border on Monday evening, and claimed that President Joe Biden was to blame for the “worst scourge of slavery “Since the Civil War.
Cruz described migrant children and teenagers working for gangs and forced into sex slavery to pay the thousands of dollars in debt they owe to the cartels. The video appeared to show graphic images of corpses of children found lying face down on the banks of the river and the desert.
“Teenage boys work for gangs in every city in America. And teenage girls live far worse than that,” Cruz said. “With far too many of them being trafficked for slavery sexual. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are responsible for the worst scourge of slavery in America since the Civil War. It’s not compassionate. It’s not human. It’s barbaric.
President Biden doesn’t want Americans to know that he ignored the drug trafficking happening along our southern border. pic.twitter.com/OXtOYADamj
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 26, 2022
The number of migrants encountered at the border has increased since Biden took office in 2021, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Data shows. Border authorities encountered a record of more than 1.7 million migrants crossing the border in fiscal year 2021. (RELATED: ‘Come to Biden’s Cages’: Ted Cruz Targets Biden’s ‘Open Border Policies’ in Fiery Speech)
Border agents encountered 207,416 migrants in the month of June, a significant increase from 189,034 in the same month in 2021. Border crossings, however, decreased from May, when 240,991 migrants were encountered, according to CBP.
Despite more crossings, the Biden administration reportedly prosecuted fewer migrants than former President Donald Trump’s administration. Only 2,896 migrants were transferred to the custody of US Marshals in fiscal year 2021, compared to 13,213 in fiscal year 2020 and 20,604 in fiscal year 2019, according to a memo got by the Washington Free Beacon.
Nearly 40.3 million people are in modern slavery in 2016, with 1 in 4 being children, CBP reported. Women and girls make up 99% of the sex industry.