In an interview, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz described the murder of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray by two illegal aliens as “horrific.” 

Fox News’ Sean Hannity hosted the mother and the grandfather of the 12-year-old girl and Cruz on Tuesday evening. 

“Every day, we’re seeing more and more Americans killed, more and more children killed, more and more victims of horrific assault,” said Cruz. “The entire city of Houston, the entire state of Texas, the entire country is grieving this precious girl who should be alive. She should be laughing. She should be playing with friends. She should not have been taken horribly by two monsters,” he continued. 

Cruz then went after the two alleged murderers directly. “Let me be very clear: these bastards should be executed, and they should burn in the pits of hell. But we shouldn’t have to be talking about this because Jocelyn should still be with us.”

Cruz accused the Biden administration of continuing to release more illegal aliens into the country every single day. As a result, more and more Americans are getting killed.

Nungaray’s mother, Alexis, told Hannity, “This has got to stop. We have to stop burying our kids. This is not right. We have to have more reinforcement when it comes to letting people in. This is not okay. It’s not okay.”

Cruz pointed out, “The fact that these monsters did this while wearing an ICE ankle bracelet, they’ve come into this country, and they were let go—it is wrong.” 

He also called for the protection of young children and a complete stop to the invasion before concluding by saying that Nungaray’s family is being lifted up in prayer. 

This comes as Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg previously stated that the murderers are not yet eligible for the death penalty. 

Per laws in Texas, the death penalty is not automatically sought for alleged killers in cases involving the murderers of a child aged 10 to 15 years old without additional charges. 

Nungaray’s age of 12 would therefore place her in this category unless the evidence proves that she was also sexually assaulted by the two illegal aliens and charges are brought forward to that effect. Since she was found in the bayou, there are concerns that any evidence is too degraded to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the two men were responsible for her rape.  

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.