In recent weeks, Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) 20-hour filibuster on the House floor garnered national attention, both positive and negative. Friday, Cruz received more unlikely attention at the conservative Values Voter Summit sponsored by the Family Research Council. Immigration protesters interrupted Sen. Cruz’s speech five times.
The first interruption came several minutes into his address to the audience. “Senator Cruz, why won’t you support a pathway to citizenship for immigrant families?” shouted a protester before plain-clothes security whisked him away.
Initially, Cruz barely missed a beat. “Thank you, sir, for being here … it is a great thing that people can express their First Amendment rights. I only wish the Obama administration respected First Amendment rights that much,” he responded to cheers. However, Cruz never answered the question.
Cruz has said that he supports immigration reform, but opposes the current immigration bill as written. According to Cruz, his opposition is based on the content of the bill and his belief that it “will not fix the problem” of border security and immigration as a whole.
He introduced an amendment to the bill that would triple the number of Border Patrol agents on the ground. The amendment also would have increased the number of assets and technology available to agents to carry out their duties.
In addition, Cruz introduced other amendments that would increase the number of H-1B visas by fivefold and double the total cap on the number of legal immigrants allowed in to the country.
Each of his amendments in the Judiciary Committee were voted down along party lines.
As Cruz continued to address the conservative summit, another protester stood and shouted, “Senator Cruz, why are you for tearing families apart …?”
“It seems that President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force today,” Cruz responded to laughter and applause.
Then, perhaps jokingly, Cruz offered, “In fact, since we have the men and women of the media here, let me make an offer to our president. I would welcome the president – if he wants to get a hundred of his most rabid political operatives in a room, I’ll answer their questions on television as long as he likes.”
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