(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), with his cell phone, is picking up where Fox News was forced to leave off -- videotaping the mass of illegal immigrants crowded together under a Del Rio, Texas bridge, all waiting for the overwhelmed Border Patrol agents to process them.
Fox News says the Federal Aviation Administration has now imposed flight restrictions on the Fox News drone that flew over the swelling crowd earlier Thursday.
Cruz says the Biden White House is trying to prevent the American people from seeing the continuing disaster at the southwest border:
"The drone footage started this morning, and people across the country were horrified, and I guess the political operatives at the Biden white House saw that and decided the last thing they want is Fox News actually reporting on what is happening down here. So now the FAA is saying please, no journalists allowed," Cruz said:
As you know, they did the same thing in the Donna tent facility in the Rio Grande Valley where they wouldn't allow Fox News to come in when I brought 19 senators to the Rio Grande Valley. I had to go in with my cell phone and photograph and take videos.
I'll tell you, I'm right there. That bridges is behind me, and I just finished going again with my cell phone, taking videos of what's happening there. It is the most horrific thing I've ever seen. There are right now as we're speaking -- right now as we're speaking, there are 10,503 people under that bridge.
It is packed in, it is a mass of humanity and it is -- the scope of it, until you see it -- and I'm putting those videos out tonight, you'll get a chance to see it -- they take your breath away because it just goes on and on and on. Infants, little children, people struggling enormously.
Cruz said none of those people are being tested for COVID, nor are they required to get vaccinated, at a time when the Biden administration is imposing vaccine mandates on Americans.
"The answer is simple, that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are absolute hypocrites. Those 10,000 people there, do you know how many Border Patrol has tested? Zero. Not a one. They don't have the capacity to do that," Cruz said:
And let me tell you something stunning that I learned tonight about why this is happening, because this is a man-made crisis. Eight days ago on September 8th, under that same bridge there were between 700 and a 1,000 people. That is what was coming a day, about a thousand, sometimes 1,100 but it would range between 700 and 1,100.
Then, eight days ago on September 8th, the Biden administration made a political decision. They announced that they were no longer going to fly deportation flights back to Haiti.
Eighty-five percent of the people under there are from Haiti. They're fleeing from Haiti. They announced they weren't going back. There were about 900 Haitians who were getting ready to board the flights when the political operatives in Washington canceled the flights.
Well, what happened? Those 900 people, they all pulled out their cell phones and they emailed their friends and they emailed their families and they texted their friends and their families. That was eight days ago on September 8th. Today it's September 16th, eight days later, and 700 people has grown to 10,500 because the word has gone out. If you are from Haiti, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have said, we have open borders, come to Del Rio and they will let you in.
Everyone under that bridge is turning themselves in, and it's a political decision that Joe Biden could end tonight by simply following the law and saying we are going to send people back to Haiti, which is what federal immigration law required until Biden and Harris got into office.
Customs and Border Protection announced this week that 208,887 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the southwest border in August, down slightly from the 213,534 apprehended the previous month -- but way above the 50,014 apprehended in August 2020; the 62,707 apprehended in August 2019; and the 46,719 apprehended in August 2018.