MIAMI (June 21, 2014) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blames the Obama administration for the waves of immigrant children crossing the border illegally.
Cruz told reporters Friday at a Republican fundraiser in Miami that Mr. Obama's decision in 2012 to defer the deportations of some young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally creates a perception of an incentive to cross the border.
Cruz called Mr. Obama's executive order a "lawless act" that grants "amnesty."
More than 47,000 children, primarily from Central America, have been apprehended at the Mexican border since the start of the budget year.
The administration says the influx is being driven mostly by gang-related violence in other countries.
Cruz says Congress should pass legislation that tightens border security and streamlines the immigration system.