Texas Dem relies on Mexico for border crisis info, says White House is stonewalling him
A Texas Democratic congressman claims he’s getting more information from Mexico than the White House regarding the ongoing surge of migrants at the border.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, who represents a large swath of the US border area surrounding Laredo, also claimed opportunistic Mexican cartel traffickers earned $600 million in connection with the crisis last month alone, during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“I sit on the Homeland Appropriations [Subcommittee]. I get more information from across the river than I do from my own government which is amazing,” Cuellar told the program about the Biden administration’s apparent information blackout about the escalating situation in his district.
Cuellar said illegal immigrants are continuing to overwhelm the border because the US has not done a good job of relaying President Biden’s message to not come.
“If you don’t show a message that someone is going to face a consequence, of course they’re going to come over,” Cuellar said on MSNBC.
Cuellar said he tested his theory at the migrant border camps.
“The president’s message, I asked about twenty 16 or 17-year-old kids. Nobody had heard that,” Cuellar reportedly said.
The Texas Democrat told “Morning Joe” that migrants are getting better messaging from family members, and drug cartels who are raking in profits for escorting more than 100,000 people to the border in February alone.