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Cruz: Border surge is a direct result of President Obama’s action

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July 17, 2014, 4:05pm
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced legislation to prevent the Obama Administration from using any taxpayer funds to expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and from continuing to lawlessly grant amnesty and work permits to new immigrants who enter the country illegally. He also outlined guiding principles that Congress should keep in mind when considering reforms.

“We all recognize the terrible humanitarian crisis that is occurring at the border, and all of us should come together to end the policies that have caused it,” said Sen. Cruz. “Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs; it is heartless to allow that to continue.

“The staggering conditions that children are being subjected to are a direct result of the amnesty that President Obama illegally and unilaterally enacted in 2012, which caused the number of unaccompanied minors to skyrocket. The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty. If we do not put an end to its expansion -- to the promise of amnesty that is the reason so many are coming -- then more little boys and girls will be trafficked, abused, and even killed. We have an obligation to make sure that not one more child is hurt by this president’s lawlessness.”

Going forward, Sen. Cruz will urge three legislative reforms to stem the flow of illegal immigration, reunite immigrants who arrived here illegally with family in their home nations, and protect the southern border.

Since his unilateral action in 2012 to implement DACA, the numbers of children arriving in the U.S. illegally -- transported by dangerous criminals and drug cartels eager to exploit President Obama’s amnesty -- predictably exploded:

· In 2011, approximately 6,000 unaccompanied minors came to the United States.
· In 2012, when President Obama issued DACA, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States rose to 14,000.
· In 2013, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving in the United States rose to 34,000.
· In 2014, Customs and Border Protection estimate 90,000 unaccompanied minors may be apprehended.
· In 2014, the Obama Administration has stated it expects 145,000 unaccompanied minors to enter the United States.

Next week, Sen. Cruz plans to introduce additional legislation, to include the bill filed today, that will remove the current legal obstacles to humanely and expeditiously reuniting these minors with their families back home, and also to authorize governors to respond to crises like this by sending the National Guard to the border with arrest authority and at federal expense.

Text of the bill may be found at

Your Opinions and Comments

August 1, 2014 5:12am
Most of Americans will report to work today and spend a productive day earning enough to afford their family a comfortable existence. They will be too busy fueling this great nation's engine to worry about the future. ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 31, 2014 10:35pm
New Guy you do understand how the Congress works do you not? Apparently not. Please go read up before your next enlightened comment. And you may also determine that one Harry Reid would not bring the Cruz bill to the floor of ... More ›

New Guy  
Wilson County  
July 31, 2014 8:41pm
Do nothing Cruz, going home without passing crap. Great job GOP, how do you say "Clinton 4 more years". Thanks for giving her hope.

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 22, 2014 2:47pm
Yeah seems to workin' great. Intelligent answer.

July 22, 2014 1:34pm
Muse..... Gridlock is a preventative measure.

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 22, 2014 12:04pm
So then your recommendation would be to do nothing?

July 22, 2014 11:30am
I do not suffer from delusions of grandeur and any solutions that I suggest would have the same weight as those made by politicians seeking votes. Solutions offered but not implemented are just answers blowing in the wind. ... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
July 22, 2014 10:22am
The question was "do you support the proposals" Senator Cruz made in this article. We all know past administrations have done nothing substantial to address the border problem. If you have better solutions now is ... More ›

Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
July 21, 2014 7:46pm
Hey Grouch .... The last military deployment to the southern border did result with an American teenage goat herder being killed.

July 21, 2014 4:24pm
Muse..... I haven't read anything by Senator Cruz that will insure a secure border. Anything short of that will negate all other actions. When you push people out of the building through a revolving door and leave that ... More ›

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