On the third evening of his "Cruzin' to Caucuses" bus tour, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) told an immigrant from Mexico something other Republicans might blanche at. Ofelia Valdez, a 30-year-old special needs worker and activist, stated plainly that she'd benefited from President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. If Cruz followed through on his promise to undo Obama's executive orders, she was in deep trouble.
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"I think of myself as a part of this community and you know, first day of presidency, you decide to deport, you know, people like myself, you know, it's just very difficult," said Valdez.
"If you're a DACA recipient, you were brought here illegally, and violating the law has consequences," said Cruz. "One of the problems of our broken immigration system is that it is creating human tragedies and there are human tragedies when people break the law."
The answer became a hit on conservative social media, and demonstrated just how Cruz has become the Republican candidate viewed most favorably by Republicans.
As the "establishment lane" of the party has fought over a shrinking piece of turf, Cruz has made no concessions whatsoever to moderates. He tells audiences, with a nod at "The Usual Suspects" that "the greatest trick the media ever pulled" was convincing conservatives that they did not already constitute a majority. Observe Cruz long enough, and the days of the GOP agreeing to soften its rhetoric and swat away "tea party" candidates seem like some foggy dream.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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