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Shark Tank's Manjarres: Ted Cruz Slams Obama's Amnesty Move

By    |   Monday, 15 December 2014 06:35 PM

President Barack Obama's immigration executive action is astonishing, dangerous, and "flat out lawless," says Texas Sen. Ted Cruz about the executive order he tried to derail before the $1.1 trillion spending bill was passed in the Senate.

"Six weeks ago we had an election and as the president rightly noted, his policies were on the ballot all over the country," Cruz said in an interview with Javier Manjarres, managing editor of the Shark-Tank.com. 

Manjarres discussed the interview with J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Monday, saying that he believes Cruz "actually thrives on" the criticism he receives from fellow Republicans.

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"We had a referendum on amnesty and the American people overwhelmingly said, 'No, we don't want amnesty, we want to respect the rule of law,'" Cruz explained to Manjarres.

"We welcome, we embrace legal immigrants, those who follow the rules and come here seeking a better life, but we don't support amnesty," said the son of a Cuban immigrant, who came to the United States in 1957.

"What the president's done is really remarkable — he came out of the election, not saying that the American people have repudiated his agenda, but instead, angry and defiant and disregarding the views of the American people," he added in his interview with Manjarres.

According to the Texas Republican, it is unfair to those who have tried to come to this country legally for Obama to legalize five million illegal immigrants.

In addition, it's "unfair to the 92 million working-age Americans right now who aren't working," he explained.

"We've got the lowest labor force participation since 1978 and the Obama administration, instead of fighting for jobs for people who are out of work, is printing up work authorizations directly, contrary to federal law to five million people who are here illegally," he said.

Also, Cruz contends that Obama's executive amnesty "is particularly harmful in the African American community.

"The African American community is facing historic levels of unemployment, and unfortunately, this administration is not acting to create an environment for economic growth," he added in the interview.

On the contrary, he says that the Obama administration is "issuing work authorization for people here illegally, but even more dangerous than the underlying substance of the amnesty, is how this was done."

"The president's executive amnesty is flat out lawless," he argued. "It is unconstitutional."

"There's nothing in the Constitution that gives the president the authority to ignore federal law, to unilaterally change it," he explained.

"If the president of the United States can ignore federal immigration law, can rewrite it, we are undermining the constitutional protections of this country and that's not theoretical," Cruz contends.

According to the Texas senator, "when one individual has unlimited authority to make the law, to change the law unilaterally, that's called a monarchy."

The Texas Republican and tea party favorite used a procedural move to try to defund Obama's executive actions on immigration. However, he only managed to get 22 other senators to join him.

The move angered his Republican colleagues, such as Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who saw his actions as counterproductive. 

The 22 senators that joined Cruz in voting against the massive spending bill that will keep the government partially open included Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

Manjarres, the managing editor of Shark-Tank.com contends that the Texas Republican is "the de facto head of the whole Republican caucus in the Senate and people are looking up to him."

"Republicans on the House side as well as Senate are praising him for his work in the Senate," he explained. "That speaks volumes."

As for the recent CIA torture report released by Democrat senators, Cruz told Manjarres that it was "partisan, irresponsible, and reckless."

Cruz said his biggest concern is the effect it could have on U.S. allies.

"This report names names and it places those allies in a very difficult situation," he explained.

"I fear one of the most long lasting consequences of this partisan, Democratic report is we're going to find allies across the globe a lot less eager to work with us in terms of stopping and catching radical Islamic terrorists," he contends.

Cruz believes that the report was released because "the Obama-Clinton foreign policy isn't working . . . and they're looking to change the subject" by attacking former President George W. Bush.

The Texas senator says he looks forward to the House Select Committee on Benghazi proceeding and said he wanted the Senate to engage in the same oversight, adding that it would have been better if it were a "joint select committee" with the House and the Senate.

However, he said that when it comes to the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate on Benghazi, which left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, "we need to know why the administration almost, top to bottom, told the American people a story that they knew was false."

"When four brave Americans are murdered by terrorists overseas . . . we owe it to all the men and women who are serving this country whether in the military, in our intelligence agencies, or in the state department to make sure it doesn't happen again," he added.

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