By Bethany Blankley (The Heart Sq.)
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says he nonetheless hasn’t obtained a solution from President Joe Biden on reviews that his administration is planning to divert assets from the Division of Veterans Affairs to assist cope with the inflow of unlawful immigrants on the southern border.
The Texas senator despatched a letter to the president earlier this month and mentioned he has but to obtain a response.
In his letter, Cruz urged the president “to safe our Southern border and instantly renew Title 42,” a public well being authority that’s allowed federal brokers to shortly expel unlawful immigrants throughout a public well being emergency. The Biden administration introduced it was ending it Could 23. Except halted by the courts, border officers say ending Title 42 will lead to roughly 18,000 folks speeding the southern border a day, overwhelming Border Patrol brokers and native legislation enforcement because of this.
“[T]he Division of Homeland Safety has been contemplating potential methods for coping with the anticipated inflow of migrants when CBP’s Title 42 authority is revoked,” Cruz mentioned in a press release. “Reportedly, one such technique, in keeping with a supply from inside CBP, consists of diverting VA medical personnel and deploying them to the border. The CBP supply went on to say ‘[w]e’re going to take medical providers away from folks … [w]ho went to fight … to provide free medical consideration to unlawful migrants.’”
This “is totally unacceptable,” Cruz mentioned.
RELATED: Biden’s Radical Open Borders Insurance policies Immediate Pushback
Cruz requested Biden in his letter to verify reviews that his administration is diverting VA workers away from serving to veterans to the border to work with unlawful immigrants.
Help Conservative Voices!
Signal as much as obtain the most recent political information, perception, and commentary delivered on to your inbox.
“Redirecting scarce assets accredited by Congress to supply care to our nation’s veterans, particularly as our nation is rising from a pandemic, appears to be callous and a slap within the face to the women and men who placed on the uniform to guard our nation,” he wrote.
“At a naked minimal, American veterans’ medical care wants shouldn’t endure as a result of this misplaced coverage alternative. I name on you to categorically denounce any coverage which might lead to diverting assets meant for American veterans to migrants on the Southern border,” he mentioned.
Diverting VA workers away from veterans provides insult to damage to those that’ve served our nation, Cruz argues, particularly in gentle of the truth that a latest evaluation by the VA recognized dozens of veterans’ amenities nationwide that ought to shut and have providers diverted to different amenities.
One of many amenities on the listing is Bonham VA Medical Heart in Fannin County positioned in far northeast Texas on the border with Oklahoma. The VA has beneficial that Bonham’s outpatient providers, Group Dwelling Facilities, and the Residential Rehabilitation Therapy Program be relocated to VA amenities in Dallas and Tarrant counties. If this have been to be carried out, it will successfully shut the Bonham facility. Doing so can be detrimental, Fannin County Choose Randy Moore mentioned.
“This isn’t simply in regards to the county, that is going to impression all people,” Moore instructed native Fox Information affiliate News12 final month.
RELATED: Individuals Extra Involved As Unlawful Immigration Soars To Highest In Two Many years
VA North Texas Well being Care System public affairs specialist Jeffrey Clapper issued a press release, saying the VA report is just preliminary and topic to approval by the VA secretary, Congress and the president. He mentioned the proposed adjustments can be “a long-term course of with a number of layers of oversight, veteran enter, worker enter, and strategic planning that additional molds VA well being care to the wants, challenges, and neighborhood partnerships that may higher ship upon the guarantees that this nation has made to those that served.”
Nonetheless, closing the ability would drive veterans dwelling within the rural county to journey over 80 miles to obtain providers as a result of there are “restricted neighborhood assets within the surrounding rural counties for specialty care and sophisticated care wants,” the VA report states.
“The very concept that your Administration’s VA would shut an important useful resource for Texas veterans whereas considering diverting VA medical personnel to be deployed on the border is baffling and deeply troubling,” Cruz wrote to Biden.
Worse nonetheless, one of many VA amenities in Dallas is reportedly the place VA medical workers can be diverted to the southern border, Cruz mentioned.
The administration hasn’t denied the reviews and the Division of Homeland Safety has not responded to requests for remark.
Syndicated with permission from The Heart Sq..