Democrat tells Biden to share photos and videos of deportations to stop migrants coming: Rep. Henry Cuellar says White House needs stronger ‘repercussions’ for those who cross the border illegally
- Cuellar represents a border district in South Texas
- He distanced himself from Fla. Gov Ron DeSantis ploy to send migrants to Mass.
- Cuellar told CBS ‘Face the Nation that ‘we need solutions, and not theater’
- He also called for beefing up Border Patrol
- Cuellar said the administration should show video of people being returned to their home countries in Latin America to discourage migration
- ‘You only see people coming in,’ he said
- Cuellar narrowly survived a primary runoff after FBI raided his Laredo office
Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar said the Biden administration should be showing videos of planeloads full of people being returned to their own countries in Latin America as a disincentive to cross the border and come to the U.S.
In an appearance on CBS ‘Face the Nation’, Cuellar said the only images people see here are of a crush of migrants trying to enter the country – rather than on million of people being sent back.
He said one of the things the administration is not doing effectively is showing ‘eople going and landing in the countries in Honduras and El Salvador to show that there’s repercussions.’
‘When was the last time you saw – you saw a picture or video of people going back? You only see people coming in. And you’ve got to have words, along with action to enforce it,’ said Cuellar, one of the more conservative Democrats who narrowly survived a primary challenge in June.
‘When was the last time you saw — you saw a picture or video of people going back? You only see people coming in,’ said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), as he called on the Biden administration to put out video of migrants being returned to their home countries
He called for more Border Patrol funding and continued enforcement at a border he said was dominated by cartels.
‘Look, everybody that comes across is somehow controlled by the bad guys,’ said Cuellar.
‘I mean, people just don’t happen to walk across a river or across the border. It’s all controlled by the migrants. Every sector, for example, along the border is controlled by some sort of cartel across. Yes, they’re very sophisticated. Yes, they have got the money. Yes, they do counterintelligence
Cuellar also distanced himself from Vice President Kamala Harris when asked about her comment that the burden is on lawmakers to pass immigration reforms.
Cuellar said the border was controlled by cartels
He called for beefing up U.S. Border patrol
The US is on pace to have more than 2 million encounters with migrants at the border this year
Cuellar did not endorse Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ move to dispatch Venezuelan immigrants to liberal Martha’s Vineyard. ‘We need solutions, and not theater,’ he said
‘With all respect to the V.P., there are enough laws on the book right now that can return people back,’ he said.
That echoed a previous comment to CNN when asked about Harris’ comment that the border is secure.
‘The border is not secure, with all respect to the VP,’ Cullar told the network. The nation is expected to have more than 2 million encounters with migrants at the border by the end of the fiscal year, according to government figures.
But Cuellar did not approve of a Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ move to dispatch a plane to Texas to deliver Venzuelan migrants to liberal Martha’s Vineyard. Many of of the migrants said they boarded the aircraft with assurances of jobs or services, but local officials said last week they were not informed in advance that a planeload of migrants was arriving.
‘We need solutions, and not theater,’ said Cuellar.
But he appeared to be more open to sending migrants to better populated areas.
‘By sending off – folks off to New York and Chicago, it does bring attention, but I – we want to focus more on solutions on the border,’ he said … They might get two buses a day in some of those cities. Just for my hometown in Laredo, we’re sending out 21 to 26 buses a day out of Laredo, just to give you an idea of what’s happening here.’
Interviewer Margaret Bennan asked if he was objecting to the lack of migration centers in places like Martha’s Vineyard.’
Yes, look, after all, the migrants are human beings, and we’ve got to treat them like human beings,’ he said.