Ted Cruz told Chris Wallace in an interview on Fox News today that Harry Reid and President Obama are holding the children fleeing violence in Central America for ransom because they don’t want to do “anything to fix the problem.”
When Wallace asked him about the 2008 measure Bush signed into law which requires that these children be given a formal hearing, Cruz ridiculed the idea that it has anything at all to do with this situation and said that this is just another attempt by the President to blame the Bush administration for a problem that he created.
“When the law was passed in o8, we didn’t see the number of children coming in skyrocket. It didn’t skyrocket in ‘o9, it didn’t skyrocket in 10, it didn’t skyrocket in 11. The cause of this crisis is not the ’08 law. The cause of the crisis was in June of 2012 President Obama’s granting amnesty.”
That is, of course, not true since the number of children fleeing violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador has been increasing since 2008. It’s also crucial to note that they have not all come to the United States seeking asylum. The refugees have been seeking asylum in other nations as well. Many more have actually sought asylum in Mexico and when those fleeing to Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Belize are factored in, the number coming to the U.S. pales in comparison.
Wallace noted that the President has asked for funding to increase the number of immigration judges to speed up the hearing process and add more border security pointing out that some Republicans have said that this is a good start toward solving the problem suggesting that perhaps Cruz was “the enemy of the good in pursuit of the perfect.”
Cruz, however, insisted that all of the proposed measures to deal with the problem don’t address the cause of the problem which he says is the DACA program established by Executive Order to address an entirely different problem. Cruz will not accept any measure to address the problem unless he can guarantee that Mexican children who were brought here by their parents and have never known another home are deported.
When asked by Wallace if doing away with DACA as he is demanding would solve the problem Cruz replied emphatically that it would solve it, once and for all.
“Let’s be clear,” he said, “one of the things in the course of a lot of debates in Washington is that sadly, they’re fact free.”
Cruz went on to make allegations of torture and maiming by the coyotes who bring the children through Mexico, claiming that they force them to maim one another under the threat of death. This he says is all the result of people in this country who want to show compassion for them when it would actually be more compassionate to tell them to stay where they are.
One has to wonder would he have felt that it was more compassionate to tell his father to stay in Cuba.
Watch the entire interview below.