Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas defended the term "anchor baby" during an interview with Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson on Aug. 21 (video below).
Mickelson recalled how GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump recently defended his use of the term "anchor baby" — babies born to immigrants in the U.S. — and asked Cruz, who is also running for president, what he thought, reports RightWingWatch.org.
Cruz laughed and stated:
"You know, it’s amazing what the media chooses to get offended by. They don’t get offended when an illegal alien murders Kate Steinle in San Francisco. They don’t get offended when the Obama administration releases 104,000 violent criminal illegal aliens. And yet they get offended by people trying to solve real public policy."
Cruz later stated:
"You know, there is power, Jan, to simply speaking the truth, to not engaging in this politically correct nonsense and double-speak. Speak honestly and candidly about the challenges we face, whether it’s the assault on marriage, and we have the Supreme Court and the radical left trying to forcibly redefine marriage and to tear down what has been a fundamental building block of our society from time immemorial, or when it comes to, on immigration."
MediaMatters.org notes that Mickelson said on his Aug. 17 broadcast that “illegals” in Iowa should be made “property of the state” and forced into "compelled labor" if they don't leave after being given a deadline.
Mickelson also said his idea could be applied to U.S. policy in which immigrants in the country illegally would be forced to build Trump's proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.