U.S. Senator Ted Cruz visited the Palmetto State on Monday to headline a fundraiser for the South Carolina Republican Party.
Cruz is traveling the country drumming up support for GOP candidates in an attempt to flip the U.S. Senate from majority Democrat to majority Republican.
The Texas Republican addressed several issues at the gathering, including his fight to end the amnesty program for undocumented aliens who came to this country as children. Cruz said President Obama’s amnesty program has created the incentive for thousands of undocumented, unaccompanied children to descend upon our borders and he contends that the problem will only get worse.
“Three years ago it was 6,000 children, this year it is expected to be 90,000, and next year the Department of Homeland Security is predicting 125,000 unaccompanied children,” he told those in attendance.
Cruz said he introduced legislation in the Senate to end President Obama’s “amnesty” program making it clear that the president has no authority under law to grant amnesty to anyone who is in the country illegally. He said he also introduced legislation that would seek to reimburse states for calling up the National Guard to secure their borders. Cruz said the Republican House majority stepped up to the plate and passed his legislation, but insisted Democrats led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), would not let the bills come up for a vote.
“What happened in the Senate? Harry Reid refused to allow a vote on any legislation to address President Obama’s amnesty to solve this problem,” Cruz said.
Cruz told the GOP gathering that they must do their part to wrest the Senate from Democrats by getting the vote out to reelect incumbent senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott.
Approximately one year ago, Cruz conducted a 21 hour filibuster on the Senate floor expressing his vehement opposition to Obamacare. Democrats and a number of GOP senators saw Cruz’ efforts as a waste of time, however Cruz said his fight continues to repeal the HealthCare law and his efforts have garnered grassroots support.
“That fight last summer involved millions of Americans standing up to sign a national petition saying ‘stop Obamacare.’ We elevated the debate about the enormous harm that Obamacare is causing the millions of Americans who are losing their jobs, losing their healthcare, (and are) forced into part-time work.”