Cruz Responds to Biden’s Executive Orders on Immigration
President Joe Biden’s first day in office saw a series of aggressive maneuvers to dismantle his predecessor’s legacy. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz issued a statement in response to Biden’s attempt to implement immigration policies via executive order.
Hours after his inauguration, Joe Biden worked to finalize 17 executive moves to reverse his predecessor’s course on immigration, climate change, racial equity and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden’s plans include ending the controversial travel ban on noncitizens from 13 countries known colloquially as the “Muslim ban,” reaffirming protections for DACA recipients, ordering a halt to the construction of Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, and rescinding Trump’s attempts to exclude undocumented immigrants from census counts. His actions mark the beginning of a transition toward what Biden promises will be a more welcoming era for immigrants in the US.
A slew of Texas-led lawsuits are expected to hit the White House in the coming months in response to Biden’s plans to reverse Trump’s policies. Biden has already been met with significant resistance from Texas Republicans, including Senator Ted Cruz. He accused the President of “protecting illegal immigrants and encouraging illegal immigration.”
Cruz’s criticism of Biden’s immigration policy is consistent with his legacy of pushing back against executive amnesty and strict border policies.