Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was asked by Ofelia Valdez, an undocumented woman from Mexico, what was going to happen to people like her if he is elected president. The GOP presidential candidate took Valdez's question during a campaign stop in Storm Lake, Iowa, on Jan. 6 (video below).
"Well listen, I would note that if you're a DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] recipient it means that you were brought here illegally, and violating the laws have consequences," Cruz told the 30-year-old immigrant, according to NBC News.
"And one of the problems with our broken immigration system is that it is creating human tragedies and there are human tragedies when people break the law," Cruz added.
Cruz went on to say that if he illegally emigrated (as an adult) to England, Germany, France, China or Mexico and was caught, those countries would deport him, notes CrooksAndLiars.com. The crowd applauded Cruz following his comments.
Valdez, who came to the U.S. when she was 15, later told NBC News Latino: "I didn't know what to expect ... and was surprised when he was talking about things on his list for his first day of his presidency and at the top of the list was to deport immigrants here with DACA. That's myself."