Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) stated he felt compelled to leak pictures from an overcrowded Border Patrol facility in Texas last week to force transparency with the American public after the Biden administration refused to allow access to media.
“[It’s] the same reason I gave in 2014 when I released photos: because everything was being kept quiet. If you go back, I gave it to the Houston Chronicle at that time. The reason I did that in 2014 and now: People need to know what’s happening on the border,” Cuellar reported to the Washington Examiner.
The pictures were taken from inside a Donna, Texas, camp for unaccompanied minor who had crossed the nation’s southern border. The images included rooms housed beyond maximum capacity with children and adults.
More than 15,000 unaccompanied minor immigrants are now in Border Patrol custody.
In total, more than 100,000 illegal immigrants crossed the nation’s southern border in February alone. At the current pace, more than one million illegal immigrants will enter America by the end of 2021.
Cueller supports Biden, fundraising for the president during his election campaign. The congressman remains concerned, however, regarding the ways policy changes are impacting the citizens along the border of Texas.
“Take into consideration the people on the border. That’s all I’m asking. I’m a Democrat. I’m just saying, take us into consideration. Let us help you find a solution because this is not the first rodeo that we’ve been at,” Cueller said.
“I was here in 2014. I was here in 2019. Obama. Trump. We’ve seen this before, so we want to be helpful.”
Cueller’s actions reveal both Democrats and Republican are concerned with Biden’s new immigration policies. The nation’s leaders will increasingly be pressed to act to help improve the ongoing surge in immigrants.