During a campaign event for 2016 GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz this Wednesday in Iowa, illegal immigrant woman Ofelia Valdez expressed her concerns to him about potentially being deported.
“As a DACA holder myself, I worried about whoever comes next to the presidency and what’s going to happen to people like us,” Valdez said, according to NBC News. “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 (inaudible).”
Cruz then delivered a very reasonable but also sincere response that may, in my opinion, have just won him the primary.
Cue my coverage from the Conservative Tribune:
“I would note that if you are a DACA recipient it means that you were brought here illegally,” Cruz said. “And violating the laws has consequences.”
He added, not unsympathetically, that violations of the law lead to “human tragedies” such as those of Miss Valdez, who was brought here as a child but now works two jobs and feels like a part of her community.
Nevertheless, every other country on Earth kicks out illegal immigrants, so why shouldn’t the United States do the same?
“There’s no reason that America’s laws should have less respect than the laws of every other country on Earth,” Cruz pointed out. “We should welcome people who come following the laws, but there are consequences for breaking the laws. And that’s part of what makes America the nation that we are.”
Cruz had a choice that day. He could have either given a softball answer about how Miss Valdez deserves an exception or told her the cold, hard truth; he chose the latter option.
What really impressed me was how he delivered the truth in a sympathetic way. Let’s be real here: It takes a very cold heart to feel zero sympathy for Valdez, who arrived in this country as a mere child.
Still, though, the law is the law, and that’s the point Cruz so successfully got across this Wednesday.
Like I explained at the Conservative Tribune, “Liberals want to place the burden of blame on conservatives simply because we dare to enforce the law, [but] the blame ultimately lies with the lawbreakers, not the law enforcers.”
“So if liberals genuinely want to stop the ‘human tragedies’ that result from illegal immigration, they ought to stop incentivizing it and instead start clamping down on it … much like Ted Cruz wants to do.”