U.S. Senator Ted Cruz reacts to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress, calling Trump's mention
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz spoke with reporters Tuesday night (February 28) after U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to Congress, calling Trump's immigration remarks "strong." "In particular, he focused, and this is exactly right, on border enforcement. And the need to finally, finally, finally enforce the law," said Cruz. "When President Trump singled out the families of those who had been murdered by violent, criminal illegal aliens, that was powerful, I've had the opportunity to visit with a number of those families, and they're heartbreaking stories that are normally not told in the public discourse. I think it was important and powerful for the president to tell those stories." Trump built a base of support behind his presidential campaign by vowing to fight illegal immigration. In his speech, he took a more moderate tone, appealing to Republicans and Democrats to work together on immigration reform. He said it was possible if both Republicans and Democrats in Congress were willing to compromise, although he also said U.S. immigration should be based on a merit-based system, rather than relying on lower-skilled immigrants. Trump's first month in office was dominated by a fight over his temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority nations, repeated attacks on the news media and harsh personal criticism of judges who blocked his immigration order.