Cruz Slams Border Accord and Calls for McConnell's Resignation in Fiery News Conference

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/06/2024
In a news conference Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized a bipartisan border accord backed by the Border Patrol Union and asked for GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to resign.

Cruz, a podcast presenter, was asked whether McConnell should resign when the border accord collapsed under pressure from former President Donald Trump, who openly declared he did not want President Joe Biden to score a “win” on immigration before the November election.

“I believe it is,” Cruz said, noting that all senators at the presser wanted McConnell ousted as leader. “I believe a Republican leader should really lead this conference and should push the interests of Republicans,” he said, meaning that the border compromise, which incorporated many GOP border demands, was anti-Republican.

“This bill caps at 5,000. December saw 12,000 daily apprehensions. This limits it to 5,000. “That limit does not imply we release 5,000,” Border Patrol Union President Brandon Judd told Fox earlier in the day.

“Let us examine yesterday. We arrested 6,500 illegal immigrants yesterday. Though at least 85% of those 6,500 are releases. “This measure would have detained at least 60% of those individuals in detention until removal proceedings,” he said, asking Congress to adopt it.

“Everyone here also backed the leadership challenge to Mitch McConnell in November,” Cruz said of the longest-serving Senate leader. Senators joined Cruz. Rick Scott, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, JD Vance, Roger Marshall, and Eric Schmitt are Trump loyalists.

Republican Senate leadership questioned McConnell about Cruz's statements during a news conference. “I believe we can all agree that Sen. Cruz is not a fan,” McConnell said.


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