Ted Cruz: Obama and Harry Reid Have ‘Callous Indifference’ to Suffering Border Kids

by Joel Gehrke

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) doubts that the Senate will pass legislation dealing with the border crisis, saying that President Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) care more about scoring political points in an election year.

“President Obama’s and Harry Reid’s approach demonstrates a cold, callous indifference to the plight of these children who are being physically and sexually victimized by violent coyote smugglers, and neither the president nor the majority leader are willing to do anything whatsoever to solve the problem,” Cruz told National Review Online Thursday afternoon.

Cruz introduced legislation to bar federal employees from implementing Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he says has caused the influx by creating the perception that children who arrived in the country could stay, but Reid attacked the bill as an attempt to deport children.

“Harry Reid’s approach has been, rather to fix that problem, demagogue anyone who would endeavor to solve this humanitarian crisis,” he says, citing a Department of Homeland Security report that showed 95 percent of the people arriving expect to be permitted to stay.

Calling Obama “an absentee president,” Cruz says that the two top Democrats see the border crisis as a campaign opportunity.

“It is all politics all the time and no leadership to actually solve problems or to even address the human suffering that his policy failures have caused,” he said of Obama, before turning to Reid.

“Unfortunately it appears right now that Harry Reid has no interest in legislation actually passing the Senate, instead, he wants a meaningless show vote for political purposes,” Cruz said.