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Pro and anti illegal immigrant protestors demonstrate outside Ted Cruz offices

Sen. Ted Cruz
Sen. Ted Cruz
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A Thursday story in Breitbart News reported that pro illegal immigration demonstrators and anti-illegal demonstrators, numbering about 20 a piece, protested outside the Houston offices of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It has been previously announced that a group claiming to represent young illegal immigrants would attempt to forcibly occupy Cruz’s offices. Instead a delegation of six of the protestors were invited to meet with Cruz’s staff to air their grievances.

Cruz has taken something of a hard line against the surge of illegal immigrants, many of them unaccompanied children, which has inundated the southern border in recent months. In a recent piece in the Texas Tribune, he suggested that Obama administration policies, when included deferred deportation of minors who have crossed the border, is to blame. He also suggested that the children being sent into the United States are being abused and even killed by drug cartel coyote human traffickers who are taking them.

“The direct cause of the border crisis that Texas is now forced to address is the president's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In 2011, before this policy was enacted without approval from Congress, roughly 6,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the border; in 2014, with the policy in effect, an estimated 90,000 children will cross the border, many of them smuggled by vicious criminals.

“If amnesty is granted to those who come as children, many more children will come. And those children are being victimized, many physically and sexually assaulted by violent drug cartel coyotes. It is not compassionate to act like the Democrats, who are doing nothing to stop tens of thousands of little girls and boys from being abused.

“We cannot solve this crisis without ending the amnesty. According to a survey conducted by Obama's own U.S. Border Patrol, 95 percent of adults and children who are apprehended say they came to the U.S. because they believe they will receive a ‘permiso’ that will allow them to remain here. That has to end.”

The position of the pro-illegal immigrant protestors is that not only should DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) be retained, but it should be expanded to include family members of illegal alien children. They suggest that the current immigration system is “broken,” a statement that many tend to agree with. However how that might be remedied, besides granting amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States, was left unmentioned.

The position of the anti-illegal immigrant protestors was that nothing can be done to address the plight of illegal immigrants in the United States before the border is secured. The idea is that any other policy would just serve as an enticement for more illegal immigrants to come across the border. This is Cruz’s position as well, though he also favors reforms to the legal immigration system that include expanding the number of people eligible for green cards every year.