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Sen. Cruz speaks on border crisis from banks of Rio Grande River

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Samantha Power to be the next Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Tuesday, March 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Samantha Power to be the next Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Tuesday, March 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Samantha Power to be the next Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Tuesday, March 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 9:20 AM PT – Friday, March 26, 2021

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed what he called a “humanitarian crisis” while speaking at the southern border.

In a video posted on his Twitter late Thursday, the Texas lawmaker confirmed he and 18 other senators have visited the detention facilities along the Rio Grande. He said families and children are being held in outdoor holding pens.

Along the edge of the river, Cruz said he could see human traffickers taunting Border Patrol agents. The Republican lawmaker said the smugglers know they can flood people across the border and get paid thousands of dollars per person.

“And our policies, when they smuggle them in, the Biden administration releases them,” stated the senator. “Last month, 100,000 people came across the border illegally; we’ve got 15,000 kids in federal government custody.”

Cruz called on the Biden administration to stop sanctioning “lawless chaos” and put an end to the border crisis. Meanwhile, recent reports out of Texas noted local law enforcement has stepped in to help border officials with the surge in illegal immigrants.

Migrant families, mostly from Central American countries, wade through shallow waters after being delivered by smugglers on small inflatable rafts on U.S. soil in Roma, Texas, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. As soon as the sun sets, at least 100 migrants crossed through the Rio Grande river by smugglers into the United States. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Migrant families, mostly from Central American countries, wade through shallow waters after being delivered by smugglers on small inflatable rafts on U.S. soil in Roma, Texas, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. As soon as the sun sets, at least 100 migrants crossed through the Rio Grande river by smugglers into the United States. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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