Watch his fiery speech on the senate floor.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, delivered a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor in support of the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, legislation he co-sponsored that would deny some federal funds to “sanctuary cities,” or jurisdictions that don’t uphold federal immigration law.
The legislation was later defeated in a 54-45 vote; it had needed 60 votes to advance. The White House has indicated that the president would veto the legislation.
“Americans are tired of seeing their laws flouted and their communities plagued by the horrible crime that typically accompanies illegal immigration,” said Cruz. “But for too long, the pleas of the American people on this issue have gone unheeded here in Washington.”
Cruz accused “the political class and the business class—our nation’s elites” of promising “enforcement at some point in the future but only on the condition that the American people accept a pathway to citizenship now for the millions of illegal immigrants who are already in this country.”
Cruz said the Obama administration’s “refusal to enforce the laws” isn’t the only problem, but also the “scandalously poor enforcement of our immigration laws,” and that the legislation would reign in the “lawlessness” of the jurisdictions.
“Although these jurisdictions are more than happy—eager, even—to take federal dollars, they go out of their way to impede federal immigration enforcement by adopting policies that prohibit their law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal officers. Some of the jurisdictions even refuse to honor requests from the federal government to temporarily hold a criminal alien until federal officers can take custody of the individual.”
“Not only are these sanctuary policies an affront to rule of law, they are extremely dangerous,” Cruz added.
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