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Sen Cruz: Obama’s Amnesty Promise is at Root of Border Crisis

border security_immigration_illegals_obamaTexas Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss his proposal to solve the border crisis. The interview took place shortly after we learned the U.S. Border Patrol was under heavy fire from 50.-caliber weapons fired by Mexican cartels.

“What I want to do is solve the crisis,” Cruz told Wallace. “I agree with the president in one respect. We are seeing a humanitarian crisis. We’re seeing tens of thousands of young children coming in illegally, being brutalized, being mistreated by global transnational drug cartels.”

But Cruz criticized the president for causing the crisis in the first place, a charge we now know from an internal government report to be valid.

“And the cause of this crisis is the promise of amnesty.”

A new intelligence report obtained by Catherine Herridge at Fox News concluded that the border crisis is being caused by illegals seeking amnesty and a misunderstanding of U.S. immigration policy, not violence in Central America.

“If you look at the history of this issue, in 2011 there were roughly 6,000 children apprehended coming in illegally,” Cruz added. “Then in 2012 President Obama unilaterally granted amnesty to some 800,000 people who were here illegally, who entered as children.”

The 10-page report conducted on July 7 was by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), which is headed up by the DEA and includes the Department of Homeland Security. PPD spoke to Guatemalan officials when the border crisis story first broke in early June, who told us that the Catholic Church and state-run media outlets had been advertising Obama’s policies as a “free pass” for them.

“Of the 230 migrants interviewed, 219 cited the primary reason for migrating to the United States was the perception of U.S. immigration laws granting free passes or permisos to UAC (unaccompanied children) and adult females OTMs (other than Mexicans) traveling with minors,” the report said.

Guatemalan officials did say they had contacted the Obama administration last year to warn them of the imminent influx of illegal immigration, but the White House didn’t respond.

“The direct foreseeable consequence of that was the number of unaccompanied children skyrocketed so that this year the Obama administration is estimating 90,000 kids will come,” Cruz said. “Next year, 145,000. That’s up from just 6,000 three years ago.”

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This article was published at People’s Pundit Daily.