I am a big fan of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). In my opinion he may be the most conservative Republican in the race for the White House, and he consistently stands by those principles – even when it hurts. He recently showed, again, that he is willing to do the right thing, even when it is hard by honestly answering a question he received from an illegal immigrant at one of his campaign events.
Question: “As a DACA holder myself, I am worried about whoever comes next in the presidency and what’s gonna happen to people like us? I think of myself as a part of this community and, you know, first day in presidency you decide to deport, you know, people like myself — it’s just very difficult to process it.”
Ted Cruz: “I would note, if you’re a DACA recipient it means that you were brought here illegally, and violating the laws has consequences. And one of the problems with our broken immigration system is that it is creating human tragedies and there are human tragedies when people break the law, but I can tell you what the law is in every country on earth.
If I illegally emigrate to England or Germany or France or China or Mexico, and they catch me, they will deport me. That’s what every other country on Earth does, and there’s no reason that America’s laws should have less respect than the laws of every other country on Earth.
We should welcome people who come following the laws, but there are consequences for breaking the laws, and that is part of what makes America the nation that we are.”
We are not heartless, which is what the Democrats immediately cried in the aftermath of this conversation going public; we are realists. While our hearts break for the poor and down-trodden, while we wish we could help every misbegotten soul on the planet, we simply cannot. So, we have established laws and regulations to try to help as many people as we can in as fair a manner as we are able. When an illegal immigrant breaks our laws to enter the nation, they are simultaneously making it impossible for someone else to come here legally.
Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, and we should not treat it as such. Thank you, Senator Cruz, for standing up to do the right thing – even when it’s unpopular.