Sen/ Ted Cruz, R-Texas has been one of the most vehement critics of President Obama’s handling of the border crisis in which tens of thousands of people, many of them unaccompanied children from Central America, have inundated Texas and Arizona, straining Border Patrol and federal social services. He has even gone so far as to suggest that the president plans on the “border surge” going on “indefinitely.” But it seems, according to media personality Glenn Beck, that Cruz is also supporting a private effort to provide these illegal immigrant children with relief supplies.
A Monday story in Hot Air reports on Beck’s effort to raise money to churches along the border to provide food for soup kitchens as well as toys such as soccer balls and teddy bears for the children while they are still guests of the federal government. Beck has received a great deal of criticism for this good Samaritan effort from his erstwhile supporters on the right who feel that this effort will only encourage the illegal immigration surge to continue, even to the extent of death threats.
Beck insists that he is conducting the effort because it is the right thing to do. Christian charity demands, he suggests, that the children, innocent pawns in the illegal immigration crisis, be given help, no matter what the professional and personal consequences that will ensue. The effort is purely private and does not involve government agencies. Beck stated, Ted Cruz has stated that he wants to help.
Hot Air artfully suggests that Cruz and other tea party favorites who line up in support of Beck’s charity drive may be doing well by doing good. The theory is that Cruz helping efforts to provide private relief for the illegal immigrant children will blunt liberal accusations that opponents of illegal immigration are simply being cruel and heartless. Indeed Cruz could turn things around and ask his opponents where they were when Beck needed help raising funds and trucking in relief supplies, making them seem to be cruel and heartless instead.