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Trump Ramps Up Immigration Rhetoric at Houston Rally

The President praises Senator Ted Cruz for helping him cut taxes and regulation

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Toyota Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Houston.

President Donald Trump ramped up his rhetoric about immigration ahead of the midterm election during a rally held Monday in Houston, casting Democrats of being soft on border security.

At a political rally held in the Toyota Center, Trump shouted accusations against Democrats, saying without evidence that they were “encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation.”

With just over two weeks left before the midterms, he said, Democrats have “launched an assault” on American sovereignty.

The President also said nobody helped him more to cut taxes and regulation than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is running for re-election in the midterms against Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Trump said Cruz has “become a really good friend of mine.”

Trump spoke before a massive crowd on behalf of his one time rival for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. During the campaign to win the nomination, Trump would frequently deride his former foe as “Lyin’ Ted” but said in Texas that their relationship had come a long way.

Speaking before Trump took the stage, Cruz also made clear the conflict was behind them and that the two were working together.

His biggest applause came when he predicted that “in 2020 Donald Trump will be overwhelming re-elected.”

Cruz told supporters that a vote in the midterm elections is a choice between Republicans and prosperity or Democrats and “Obama stagnation.”

Supporters shouted “Build the Wall” when Cruz talked tough about illegal immigration and portrayed his opponent as being soft on immigration.

Cruz and Trump patted each other on the back when Trump came out onto the stage.

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