During a campaign stop in 2016, Cruz told a DACA recipient that she should be deported: “I would note, if you’re a DACA recipient it means that you were brought here illegally, and violating the laws has consequences.”
- Cruz was elected to the Senate in 2012 with the support of the Tea Party.
- Prior to being elected Texas’s junior U.S. Senator, Cruz served as the state’s Solicitor General. Two of his mentees in the solicitor general’s office, Chip Roy and Scott A. Keller, spearheaded many of the attacks on Dreamers and President Obama’s immigration policies through the courts, including U.S. v Texas.
- Senator Cruz has aligned himself with anti-immigrant groups in their efforts to attack DACA and commonsense immigration reform.
- In 2013 Senators Cruz, Sessions and Reps. King and Brooks spoke at a rally organized by a front group of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Cruz’s policies are in lockstep with FAIR and their congressional allies and in during the 2016 presidential race he bragged about defeating comprehensive immigration reform with Senator Sessions.
- In previous years Cruz was open to providing a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants and supported expanding legal immigration. But in an attempt to match Donald Trump’s extreme proposals on immigration policy during the 2016 presidential race, he quickly abandoned some of his earlier positions and matched his rival’s calls to end birthright citizenship, “freeze” legal immigration channels and enact mass deportation.
Attacks on DACA
- In 2014 Cruz stated that ending DACA was a “top priority” which he demonstrated by introducing the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act. S.2666 which would have defunded DACA, died in the Senate but a similar bill H.R.5272, offered by Rep. Blackburn passed the House by recorded vote on August 1, 2014.