Sen. Cruz says Biden staffer blocked him from taking video at border migrant facility

"The administration that you work for is responsible for these conditions," Cruz told the official trying to stop him from videotaping.

Updated: March 29, 2021 - 4:09pm

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Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday showed video of a woman whom he identified as a Biden administration staffer seeking to stop him from recording video at a migrant facility on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Cruz was making the video while joining fellow GOP Sen. John Cornyn for a trip to Donna, Texas, where illegal immigrants captured at the border have been jammed into crowded facilities. At one point, Cruz said, the Biden staffer tried to block him from filming.

"Please give dignity to the people. Please give dignity to the people. … Please respect the people, the rules,” the staffer told Cruz, standing in front of him to block his video.

Cruz confronted the woman (you can watch the video here).

"So you work for the commissioner, you’re a senior adviser, you were hired two weeks ago and you’re instructed to ask us to not have any pictures taken here because the political leadership at DHS does not want the American people to know it," said Cruz, referring to the Department of Homeland Security.

The staffer responded: "Please don’t treat the people as such."

To which Cruz replied: "Your policies are unfortunately trying to hide them. I understand that you were instructed. I respect them, and I want to fix this situation, and the administration that you work for is responsible for these conditions."

After his visit, Cruz posted pictures on Twitter, writing: "These are the pictures the Biden administration doesn’t want the American people to see. This is why they won’t allow the press. This is the CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] facility in Donna, Texas. This is a humanitarian and a public health crisis."

"In that facility, children are testing positive for COVID at roughly a 10% rate," Cruz said on Sunday. "The Donna facility where that video you just showed was taken ... is this giant tent city that they’ve built. It's massive. It's designed to hold a thousand people but under COVID restrictions, its capacity is 250. It right now has over 4,000 people in it. It is at a 1,500% capacity and that meant you saw in these cages children, little boys and little girls, side by side, they’re not 6 feet apart."