February 23, 2016
Cruz Goes Nuclear
Is there a more rational way?
O'Reilly interviews Cruz Breitbart -- February 22, 2016
Cruz: I'd Look For and Deport All Illegal Immigrants, Rubio and Trump Would Allow Citizenship
Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he would seek out and deport all the illegal immigrants in the US and that both fellow candidates Donald Trump and Florida Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “would allow those 12 million people to become US citizens” on Monday's “The O'Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.
Cruz began by stating [relevant remarks begin around 2:30] that the law should be enforced, and illegal immigrants in the US should be deported.
When asked if he would “go look for them” Cruz responded, “Bill, of course you would. That's what ICE exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people, who are violating the laws that apprehends them, and deports them.”
When asked if he would send federal law enforcement to the home of someone who overstayed their visa to deport them, Cruz said, “You better believe it.” He later added that he would put a biometric exit/entry system for visas.
After host Bill O'Reilly contended the courts would probably block this plan because of due process, Cruz objected. He further stated, “[T]he biggest difference is that Donald Trump and Marco Rubio and myself, is that both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio would allow those 12 million people to become U.S. citizens. Donald said once he deports them, he'd let them back in as citizens. I will not.” Cruz continued that under existing federal law, illegal immigrants who are deported are not eligible to come back into the US legally, and that Trump's and Rubio's positions “aren't consistent with rule of law.”
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Rational Treatment of Illegal Aliens
Millions of people reside illegally inside the United States. Some overstayed their visas and some crossed the border between ports of entry. This has happened because our government has been negligent --- almost inviting lawbreakers. In the case of Obama, the term “almost” doesn't apply.
It has become painfully obvious in the current presidential campaign that this has happened against the will of the American people. In a sense we are all victims of a globalist elite that is working to erase borders and eliminate the nation state, but the American people should have acted sooner to stop them.
Within this context, it would be inhumane to send out shock troops to round up people who wrongly thought they had been invited in. Instead, we should institute what I call Paid Leave --- a program to pay border jumpers to go home. (Visa overstays would be treated somewhat differently,)
Instead of just building a wall, which may or may not work, candidates should set a specific goal for border control such as my 20/20 plan.
Technology now exists to count border crossers and to count visa overstays and we should give the American people proof that the job of securing the border has been done before anything else is set in stone.
It is time for rational thinking about illegal immigration.