Sen. Ted Cruz was confronted by a young woman who was legalized by the president's DACA program at an event in Storm Lake, Iowa Wednesday night.
“As a DACA holder myself, I am worried about whoever comes next in the presidency and what’s gonna happen to people like us?” the woman said, in a video posted on YouTube by the Democratic National Committee. "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."
"I would note, if you’re a DACA recipient it means that you were brought here illegally, and violating the laws has consequences,” Cruz responded. “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,” he said. “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,” he said.