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Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign stop on January 7, 2016 in Iowa. (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

“Human tragedies”

Ted Cruz tells woman at event he would deport her if elected president

By WITW Staff on January 8, 2016

At a campaign event in Iowa, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told Ofelia Valdez, a 30-year old immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the US illegally when she was 15, that he would deport her if elected president. Valdez, who has been allowed to remain and work under President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program confronted Cruz at an event in Storm Lake, Iowa on Wednesday. “As a DACA holder myself, I am worried about whoever comes next in the presidency and what’s gonna happen to people like us?” she can be seen asking the candidate, in a video taken by the Democratic National Committee. “I think of myself as a part of this community and, you know, first day in presidency you decide to deport, you know, people like myself — it’s just very difficult to process it.”

Without flinching, Cruz responded that “violating the laws has consequences,” saying that “one of the problems with our broken immigration system is that it is creating human tragedies and there are human tragedies when people break the law,” which was met with a round of applause from others attending the event.

Valdez works for a non-profit assisting children with special needs, overseeing 140 people as a human resources director, and is also an English-as-a-second-language instructor. Speaking to NBC after the event, Valdez said that hearing that Cruz would make deportation a priority was  hard to hear for her. “They need to know this is who they talk about when they talk about deportations,” she told NBC, saying that she hoped to put a face to who is being discussed when politicians talk about illegal immigrants.

Read the full story at NBC News.


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