Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was a guest on Fox News’ the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly on Tuesday evening and things got pretty tense when Cruz refused to answer a certain immigration question from Megyn Kelly. Kelly asked Cruz if, as President, he would deport a family where the children are citizens but the parents are illegal. Cruz refused to respond to the question saying it had no bearing on the illegal immigration discussion because there were a lot of other things that would need to happen first before ever debating how to handle mixed legal/illegal families.
Things got so tense that Cruz even lumped Kelly in with the entire liberal media establishment.
I’m not playing that game… I get that that’s the question you want to ask, that’s also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask… It is a distraction from how we actually solve the problem. You know, it’s also the question Barack Obama wants to focus on.
That’s not as rough as her interactions with Donald Trump but it doesn’t sound completely amicable either.
MEGYN KELLY: If you have a husband and a wife who are illegal immigrants, and they have two children who are here, who are American citizens, would you deport all of them? Would you deport the American citizen children?
TED CRUZ: So, Megyn, what I’ve said is that we should approach immigration in a staged manner. We should start with focusing on areas of bipartisan agreement. Where is there bipartisan agreement? On two major areas. Number one, that we should do everything possible to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. And number two, to improve and streamline legal immigration.
KELLY: That doesn’t sound like an answer. Mr. Trump answered that question explicitly last night on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’ Will you do so now?
CRUZ: Well, Megyn, what I’m doing is answering what I think Congress should do. What Congress should do, and I introduced legislation to do exactly this, triple the Border Patrol. Increase fourfold the fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft to monitor the border, put in place a strong biometic exit/entry system, because 40% of illegal immigration doesn’t come across the border, it’s visa overstays. Put in place a strong E-Verify system. And then this final piece is critical, actually have the federal government enforce the law.
KELLY: Senator, I understand all that, and you’ve outlined your plan, but you’re — unlike you, you’re dodging my question. You don’t want to answer that question. He says he would.
CRUZ: I’m not playing that game… I get that that’s the question you want to ask, that’s also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask… It is a distraction from how we actually solve the problem. You know, it’s also the question Barack Obama wants to focus on.
KELLY: Why is it so hard to answer the question?
CRUZ: Because, Megyn, we need to solve the problem. And the way you solve the problem, is you focus where there’s bipartisan agreement first. Once we’ve secured the border, once we’ve actually proven we can do this, once we’ve stop the Obama administration’s policy of releasing 104,000 violent criminal illegal aliens in one year, once we’ve solved that problem, then we can have a debate, then we can have a conversation.