The two leading Republican presidential candidates sparred Wednesday over a key border security issue: their plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a major domestic political problem for Trump.
Trump on Tuesday night told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he wants to “make some adjustments” to the wall, which would be financed by closing off major access routes for people crossing the border.
Cruz on Wednesday said that Trump is making up his mind about the wall.
“He’s making his own decisions, he’s making decisions that are at odds with his own party,” Cruz told Fox Business Network.
“And I think the American people are very much in favor of keeping our borders secure.”
Cruz and Trump sparred over the border wall during the debate, which was moderated by Fox News Channel’s Maria Bartiromo.
Cruz said that he thinks “we need to secure our borders” and not “secure the border with a giant, high-tech, artificial barrier” and that the Trump campaign is “very misleading” about his position.
“The border security is the real problem that we need to address,” Cruz said.
“There is a wall.
There are some fences that we can build, but the real question is how do we secure the border and then let people in?”
Asked by Bartirom about the fact that Trump’s camp is trying to paint him as soft on border security, Cruz said “I’m going to say this: the border security needs to be done in a very specific way that protects our border, but we need a very good, very well thought out strategy that will secure the borders.”
The candidates also sparred about the need to reform welfare and immigration laws.
Cruz says the American welfare system is rigged and needs to change.
Trump says it needs to go further.
“We’ve got to fix the system.
I have a plan to do it,” Trump said, calling it a “path to prosperity.””
We can’t have the American worker being taken advantage of,” Trump added.