Sen. Ted Cruz Confronted By An Impromptu Crowd Of Protestors At His Terminal While In LA Airport
Calls rang out for the Texas senator to help "free the children."
July 29, 2019 at 11:49 pm
Protestors confronted Texas Senator Ted Cruz at LAX on Monday, chanting disapproval over his immigration policy. Cruz was awaiting a flight to Austin, according to Newsweek, amidst impassioned words of "free the children" and "we will not be silent."
Cruz wrote to the Department of Homeland Security earlier this month, asking for Customs and Border Protection to accept donations from concerned citizens for those placed in cages at the border.
"Many Americans want to provide more direct and tangible help: They want to donate basic items such as diapers and toothbrushes to children in CBP custody. This desire is laudable and deeply rooted in our nation's history. Americans have long banded together to form charities and faith-based organizations to aid those in need," Cruz wrote.
He continued, "I thus urge you to establish and publicize a process for accepting donations from charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, and NGOs to aid individuals in CBP custody. Even with the additional supplemental emergency funding, I am confident that DHS and CBP can still use the generosity of the American people to help manage the humanitarian crisis on our border."
Along with his proposal for getting more items to the children, Cruz has also pushed for the El Chapo Act, in a July 18 interview with TMZ, Cruz suggested the assets of drug cartel leaders such as El Chapo, should be used to fund the southern border wall. TMZ caught up with Cruz the day El Chapo, informally known as Joaquín Guzmán Loera, was sentenced to life in prison. Cruz was asked how he felt of the ruling.
"I think it's great he's sentenced, I think the next step is to criminally forfeit his entire global criminal enterprise — it's worth billions — and we should use every penny of that money to build the wall and secure the border; it's why I introduced legislation, the El Chapo Act," Cruz said to TMZ. "[Chapo] made that money trafficking narcotics illegally into this country, it's only fitting that money goes to secure the border and stop other traffickers like he was."
Cruz went on to say he had spoken "directly" with President Trump about his plan and Trump was "enthusiastic about the idea."
One of the protestors on Monday was San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen. She posted a video to her Facebook account of the interaction she had with Cruz, where Ronen can be seen pleading with him to "do something" about the children in cages at the border. Cruz in response said, "the cages were built by President Obama."
“I don’t care who built the cages, dismantle them,” Ronen replied. “You have the power to dismantle them."
Ronen, in the same Facebook post, identified the protestors as members of AFCSME 3299 — the union that represents the University of California employees. In the post, Ronen stated the purpose of the confrontation was to push those in power towards action and vowed to not miss her next opportunity to do so.
“Although many may say it’s pointless, I will never miss an opportunity to confront those in power and appeal to their conscience,” Ronen said. “And we must not let them have any peace until there is justice.”