The Republican senator attacked President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for the administration’s immigration policy at the US-Mexico border, and blamed those entering the US for spreading the virus.
The Biden administration is reportedly considering scrapping a Trump-era public health rule that allowed officials to turn away migrants at the border during the pandemic.
“Understand this, if the Biden administration abolishes Title 42, they will release illegal immigrants into your community who are COVID positive,” Cruz claimed at a news conference this week.
“We are seeing an increase in the COVID positivity rate in South Texas. We are seeing an increase in COVID positivity in Laredo. We are seeing COVID positivity in San Antonio. “
He added: “Most of these illegal immigrants coming in have not been vaccinated. They are being kept in cages with others who are COVID-positive; they are spreading COVID and then releasing COVID into our communities. It’s madness.”
Texas has had more than 3 million COVID cases and 52,919 deaths during the pandemic.
Public health data shows that Texas lags far behind other large states when it comes to vaccinations. Only 42.6 percent of the population in the Lone Star state is fully vaccinated, compared to 52 percent in California and 55 percent in New York.
In March, Robert Fenton, the acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told lawmakers that less than 6 percent of COVID-19 tests for migrants at the US-Mexico border came back positive, lower than the overall positivity rate. Texas State.
Conservative political analyst, Bill Kristol, criticized Senator Cruz’s claims for having no basis in reality.
“By the way, and not taking this utterly dishonest and poorly-trusted remark by Cruz too seriously, here’s an honest question: Do we automatically vaccinate people raised at the border? Or do anyone for that matter? Unaffiliated people coming into the country anyway? Shouldn’t we?” He tweeted.
Mr Cruise was also attacked by Shannon Watts, the founder of gun action group Moms Demand Action.
“On August 2, it will be two years since a gunman — driven by racism — drove nine hours to El Paso to shoot and kill immigrants. Ted Cruz is well aware that his dangerous rhetoric hits every brown person in Texas. Hits the back,” she tweeted.
Reed Galen, the co-founder of Project Lincoln, also mocked Mr. Cruise.
“Not so, Ted. It’s because you and all your vaccinated friends are telling your supporters to catch COVID. To own the works dying to your ambition and cynicism,” he tweeted did.
independent Mr. Cruise’s office has been reached for comment.