Cruz, O'Rourke Split On 14th Amendment

Alan Scaia
October 31, 2018 - 8:58 am
Cruz, O'Rourke

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - President Donald Trump's comment that he would like to end birthright citizenship under the 14th amendment has led to another split between Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke.

"Interesting that he drops this proposal with a week to go before until the November 6 election," O'Rourke said during a town hall on MSNBC. "Interesting that he tries to stoke paranoia and fear about a group of migrants who are still hundreds of miles, weeks away from the U.S./Mexico border, if they even make it this far."

Cruz was a campaign event in Uvalde, in West Texas. He says he has long supported an end to birthright citizenship.

Cruz told a local newspaper he would need to look at legal arguments for an executive order to change a constitutional amendment. Cruz says any change would likely wind up in court, "but I think as a policy matter, ending birthright citizenship makes a lot of common sense."

The group, United Fort Worth, formed after the state passed a ban on sanctuary cities. The group's Tammy Gomez says she believes the president chose to make the announcement a week before the mid-term election out of fear Republicans could lose seats in Congress.

"I think it's a panic, knee-jerk pronouncement," says United Fort Worth's Tammy Gomez. "I don't know that it has any weight in terms of its constitutionality."

Gomez says the president is also overreacting to the caravan of migrants from Central America trying to reach the southern border.

"I am astounded by the number of troops I hear are going to be sent down there," she says. "That just seems, of course to many taxpayers, unjustifiably excessive."

The head of U.S. Northern Command says he has seen violence from the caravan, and people are moving at a higher level of organization than other groups have moved before.

"This caravan is different than what we've seen in the past," Air Force General Terrence O'Shaughnessy said at a press conference in Washington.