Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claimed today that it was "not humane" to give shelter to undocumented immigrant children who are crossing the U.S. border.
According to RawStory.com, during Fox News Sunday, Sen. Cruz claimed that drug cartels were bringing undocumented children to the U.S., and then forcing their families to pay a ransom (video below).
“Horrifically, they’re cutting off body parts, and they’re sending it back to the families,” Sen. Cruz said. “And they’re forcing little boys and little girls, they’re putting a gun to the back of their head, and they’re saying cut off the finger, cut off the ear of another child. And if the child refuses, they’re shooting and killing that kid.”
“It’s not humane, it’s not compassionate, and that’s what Harry Reid and the Democrats want to do," Sen. Cruz added. “They don’t want to fix the problem, they want to keep having children come in in a situation where they’re brutalized. That doesn’t make any sense, and it’s not consistent with rule of law.”
However, U.S. law requires the U.S. government to provide shelter to any child from a non-bordering country who enters the U.S.
As far back as 2012, children have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to flee gangs and drug cartels, notes NBC News.
According to the Dallas Observer, there have been reports of smugglers kidnapping adult undocumented immigrants (who paid the smugglers to bring them across the border), and holding them for ransom in U.S. border towns.
The children who have been immigrating into the U.S. have been doing so in broad daylight on their own and with families.