Ted Cruz has been an immigration hardliner this entire presidential campaign. Still, he said something during his interview with Bill O’Reilly that he hadn’t said before. It started when O’Reilly said “12,000,000 illegal aliens here in America. Mr. Trump said that he would deport them forcefully. The federal authorities would round them up and send them back home. It would cost a lot of money but it would be worth it because we just can’t allow the law to be broken this way. Would you round up 12,000,000 illegal aliens here and, if so, how?”
Sen. Cruz replied “Look, we should enforce the law. Yes, we should deport them. That’s what ICE exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws, that apprehends them and deports them.” That is the first time Sen. Cruz has said that a Cruz administration would actively search for illegal aliens, then deport them.
Sen. Cruz’s problem, though, is that there’s a flaw in the system that’s preventing that from happening. Sen. Cruz admitted as much when he said “The law right now requires a biometric exit-entry system on visas. The Obama administration refuses to enforce federal law. As president, I will put that in place so we will know the day that someone overstays their visa.”
It’s quite possible that a Cruz administration might attempt to implement the biometric exit-entry system. There are all kinds of problem that he’d have to deal with, though. First, implementing such a system costs money. That would require Congress to pass an appropriations bill to fund the implementation of that system. Congress would have to do that before implementation could begin. That’s the first step.
The next step would require purchasing the technology that embeds that biometric exit-entry system onto visas. After that, the system would have to be tested to make sure that the system is doing what it’s supposed to be doing. The implementation and testing phases of the project wouldn’t happen overnight.
That’s before dealing with the political fight that he’d definitely face. Just because a Cruz administration wanted to test and implement an exit-entry visa system doesn’t mean Congress would appropriate that money without a fight. Lobbyists would descend on DC like they’ve never done before. It wouldn’t be limited to the left’s anti-immigration organizations, either.
The national Chamber of Commerce would likely fight right next to La Raza to prevent the system from getting funded. On the other side, Big Labor would fight to get the system implemented.
That’s before taking political will into consideration. Sen. Cruz assumes that there’s a political will to implement such a system. At present, there’s no proof that the political will to implement such a system exists. After running against “the Washington Cartel”, which senators and congressmen would shepherd this legislation through Congress? Why would they help him after he spent an entire campaign bashing them?
That’s why it’s entirely possible that Congress might send him a bill that stops short of his approval. At that point, what would a Cruz administration do? Would a Cruz administration fight for everything it wants or would a President Cruz sign the bill into law?
Saying that you’re for something is entirely different than getting what you want. Governing is dramatically different than campaigning. Campaigning only requires making statements. Governing requires dealing with Senate filibusters and talking Democrats into voting for a bill that they’ve opposed.
Good luck with that.