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>> republican presidential candidate ted cruz held a news conference in arizona to talk about border security. he was joined by rick perry and law enforcement. this portion of the press conference is 20 minutes. >> good evening everyone, i am the sheriff in this county. i want to say thank you to the family for coming out here and bringing true awareness and educating senator cruz and governor perry on what is going on our border. i wish we could get more people from washington, d.c. to see what is going on in here. the true life for people who live on the border. with that being said, i want to introduce governor rick perry
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from texas and thank him for being here today. governor. governor perry: a great privilege to be here in southern arizona, and i want to add my thanks to the glen family. there are reflective of the generations of americans who have made this country what it is. hard-working souls who want to ranch and do what they love to do in peace and prosperity. unfortunately over the last decade plus, living in peace is harder to accomplish because the federal government has failed miserably at securing the border. one of the reasons that i'm here today, not only as a former governor of a state which runs 1200 miles, this border is not monolithic. it is different from brownsville to el paso, to tijuana. this is a very different border. you have to have a lot of different approaches to it. what we heard today from these ranchers that deal with this
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every day is certainly a different approach than what we hear our federal counterparts talking about. they understand that to really address this issue, a federal issue, they have to work with the local individuals and local law enforcement, they have to work with local legislatures, your speaker of the house, who is here today. he understands all those things. but the person who hears and understands it as well as anyone is senator ted cruz. senator ted cruz understands to his soul what the constitutional responsibility is for the federal government to defend and secure its border. he understands what that tenth amendment means. devolving power back to the states and allowing them to be competitive. all of that combined is the reason i made the decision to support senator cruz to be the
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next president of the united states, because he is a dedicated constitutionalist who wakes up every day and will test the challenges he has with our united states constitution. one of those enumerated issues in our constitution is to secure the border with mexico. i want a president who understands that, respects it. i want a president who does not just give mouth service to it. i want a president that secures this border and brings out the best in us, not the worst in us. ladies and gentlemen, the next president of the united states, ted cruz. [applause] sen. cruz: thank you governor. it is great to be here in the great state of arizona. thank you to the glen family for hosting us and your hospitality.
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thank you for the amazing arizona meal we just had, and the opportunity to tour the border and hear from ranchers and landowners down here. sheriff, thank you for being here. thank you for your leadership and your public service. thank you for risking your life, you and the men and women who work with you, risking your life every day to keep us safe. we are so grateful to the law enforcement all along our southern border that face the day-to-day threat of drug cartels coming across, transnational criminal organizations that are terrorizing communities. speaker, thank you for being here. thank you for your leadership. i know it is important and significant in arizona to have the first speaker of the house from arizona in a decade, and thank you for giving a strong voice to the men and women here in the state legislature.
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and governor perry, thank you so much for your friendship, your incredible leadership, your service. thank you for, as a border governor, for dealing with these problems every day for 14 years as governor of texas. and when the federal government failed to step in and do its job, thank you for your leadership to the state of texas, deploying resources and manpower on the border to address this problem. today, we just finished having lunch, and i have the opportunity to visit with ranchers down here in southern arizona. i will take you that the bulk of the lunch i spoke very little. i spent most of the time just listening and hearing their stories. hearing the volume of traffic every day of drug cartels smuggling across, groups coming across with backpacks filled with drugs. groups that are heavily armed. i heard one rancher tell a story
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of the cartel, at least one of the smugglers monitoring her, finding where she keeps the key. and this drug smuggler would, with some regularity, come to her home, use her key, unlock her front door, take a shower, make a meal, wash the dishes, go to bed, sleep, leave, and lock the door behind him. i want you folks to think how you would feel about a drug smuggler monitoring you, and entering and leaving your home with impunity. every rancher here describes break-ins they face as just a routine matter of living near the border. president obama tells us the border is secure. well, i invite him to move the white house down to the southern border. let's see how secure it is. the ranchers here deal every day
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with the threat, the threats that tragically took the life of a well-respected rancher not far from here. threats that challenge our basic safety and security. i also heard from ranchers the experience of encountering the bodies of dead people left abandoned by coyotes. it is worth underscoring that the people smuggling illegal aliens into america are not goodhearted social workers with beards and birkenstocks. they are hardened, violent, vicious criminals. and far too often, they abandon women or children. those who are sick, they abandon in the desert to die. this is a national security crisis.
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and it is a crisis that the federal government is refusing to do its job and solve. i will tell you one individual who is here with me today who has experienced firsthand the consequences of that. steve's son, grant, was murdered here in arizona. grant was 19 years old, had a promising future in front of him, was working at a convenience store when an illegal alien came in, put a handful of change on a counter and demanded some cigarettes. grant began counting out the change when this illegal alien pulled out a gun and put it in his face. grant quickly grabbed the cigarettes and just gave them to him. but for no reason whatsoever other than hatred, malice, and evil, this illegal alien shot and murdered grant.
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this illegal immigrant had been in and out of jail, a known criminal. he should not have been in america. he should have been deported. he should have been incarcerated. he should not have been in a position where 19-year-old boys face the barrel of a gun and are murdered because the federal government refuses to do its job. steve, thank you for being here. we mourn the loss of your son. unfortunately, steve's story is far too common. in every state in the union, there are people who have lost their lives to criminal, illegal aliens. whether the family up in san francisco, whether in my home
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state of texas, families who lost their little girls in a horrific crime. for far too long, we have had a president, a federal government, that does not do its job. it is striking, whether you one are in arizona or texas, when you visit with ranchers and those who live on the border, the answers you hear are the same. the uncertainty, the threats, people crossing your land regularly with impunity, the unwillingness to go up and confront them, because if you go up and confront them, you are taking your life in your hands. and also, a question i asked in every conversation i have, particularly with those on the border, how do we solve this problem? far too many in the media suggest we cannot solve the problem.
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that is a lie. we know how to solve this problem. what is missing is the political will. our president handcuffs the border patrol. a lot of the brave men and women serving in the border control. and morale in the border control could not be lower than it is now. when you have a president, political operatives, who oppose your basic mission and punish you when you enforce the law, it becomes very difficult to do your job and do it effectively. we know how to solve this problem. what is missing is the political will to get it done. the most important tool for solving and securing the border is boots on the ground. that is the answer every rancher here said when i asked that question. it is the answer i hear in texas, and all across the country on the border, nothing more important than having boots on the ground. to be able to direct those boots
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on the ground quickly, not be there in six hours, but be there quickly. rapid response. and rapid response, not 30 or 50 miles in, but on the border. a focus on prevention at the border, turning people around. a visible, uniformed presence. boots on the ground. and the federal government, should not be treating state and local law enforcement as their adversary. we are blessed to have state and local law enforcement's here today. they do not have the resources to handle this problem. the federal government should be working hand-in-hand with state and local law enforcement to solve this problem. we have had a president for seven years who does not want to solve this problem. i would tell you this.
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if i am elected president in january 2017, that is going to end. we will solve this problem. we will secure the border, and we will end illegal immigration. [applause] i have to ask you, are those rattlesnake shoes? that is fitting for the environment. >> mitt romney is planning to vote for you, but not explicitly supporting you. suggesting some separate leaders know who they don't want to be the nominee, but not fully decided on who they do want to be the nominee. why haven't mitt romney and others endorsed you in a full-hearted way? sen. cruz: i appreciated his kind tweet today that he would vote for me in the utah
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election, and he encouraged others to do the same. listen, in my book, when someone says i am voting for you and i encourage everyone else to vote for you, that is pretty darn good. i will take that happily. >> what does that tell you? sen. cruz: we are seeing republicans come together and unite all across this country. this campaign, this primary, started with 17 candidates. it started out with a fantastic, diverse, young, talented field. and the field has now narrowed dramatically. as a practical matter, there are only two candidates with any plausible path to winning the nomination, either donald trump or me. and what we are seeing is that 65%-70% of republicans recognize that donald trump would be a disaster. if we nominate donald trump, hillary clinton wins. if we nominate donald trump and hillary clinton becomes president, this border does not get secured. if hillary clinton becomes president, we lose the supreme court for a generation, we lose the bill of rights, we lose our second amendment.
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if hillary clinton becomes president, our kids are buried in a mountain of debt and their futures are put into jeopardy. and what we are seeing, across the spectrum, republicans uniting behind our campaign. as mitt romney observed today, if you want to beat donald trump, cruz is the only campaign that can do it. that is why he is voting for me in utah. and governor romney explicitly observed that a vote for john kasich only helps donald trump. that dynamic, that unifying, that we are seeing all across the country, to be standing here with governor rick perry, to be standing later today with carly fiorina, to see republicans all across this country coming together and uniting is tremendously encouraging. i will say that when both arizona and utah vote on tuesday, you are going to have a powerful national voice for this country. >> there has been no secret that
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the washington establishment is not a huge fan of yours. do you worry that those relationships are preventing folks from washington from backing you? sen. cruz: i am grateful to see the unity we are seeing, so many republicans ending together behind our campaign. there is no doubt, that every day i have been in washington, i have been standing up for washington. it is the reason so many americans are energized and excited by our campaign. we have seen for a long time, the washington cartel, career politicians in both parties that get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests. it is why people are frustrated and angry. we are tired of being betrayed, tired of being lied to. i stand up to members of my own party. and i honor the commitments i made to 27 million texans who elected me.
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i promised that if you elect me, i will fight with every breath in my body to stop the disaster that is obamacare, stop amnesty and secure the border, stop the debt that is bankrupting our kids and grandkids, to defend religious liberty, and the bill of rights. every day in the senate i have honored that promise and stood with the american people against the corruption of washington. now, we welcome the support of everyone. we welcome everyone with open arms. and part of the process of a primary is uniting everyone. but i would note that they are uniting behind a strong, conservative, optimistic message for this country. we are going to change the direction this country is going. we are going to turn away from the manifest failure in the economy, and bring back millions of high paying jobs. we will repeal every word of obamacare, and adopt a simple flat tax and abolish the irs. we will pull back the federal regulators that are killing
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small businesses. and that will end up raising wages all across this country, giving young people coming out of school job opportunities. i welcome, i am glad to see republicans uniting behind a strong, positive, optimistic, constitutional conservative agenda that defends the hard-working taxpayers. on the border today it was striking just how unsecure the border is. the fencing was minimal. indeed as we stopped and stood on the border, several of the folks here in the media taking pictures decided they would get a better picture from the other side of the fence so they climbed it and crossed illegally into the nation of mexico. took all of 10 seconds to climb
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the fence and get a better shot from another nation. i'm not sure if any of the mexican authorities will be arresting any members of our media. it says something, that this is not a complicated endeavor. the camera shot is better for mexico. let's cross over. but you know, if you're a drug coyote, bringing hundreds of pounds of heroin, cocaine, or marijuana, and i would note the drug epidemic we have in this country is devastating, people dying from drug overdoses. heroin is destroying the lives of our young people. and that unsecured border is part of the reason, when it is so easy that you can hop the fence. my five-year-old daughter could have climbed it or gone under in 20 seconds. that is indicative of a federal government not doing its job. that is not even trying to do its job.
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one of the important things to remember, we don't have to change the laws to solve this problem. we have plenty of laws on the books. the problem is that we have a federal government and a president that does not enforce laws. what is missing is the political will. just a couple of years ago, the obama administration released over 104,000 criminal, illegal aliens. released murderers, illegal aliens with homicide convictions, roughly 400 sexual assault convictions. i have to say that i have to wonder how president obama would look in the eye of someone like steve. how do you defend the government that releases murderers? have you confront families? we had a meeting with the head of ice. when i asked her what she would say to the families of those murdered by criminal illegal aliens relead


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