Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE (R-Texas) said the Obama administration is to blame for the recent influx of child immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally.

Speaking at a Republican fundraiser in Miami on Friday, the potential presidential contender slammed Obama's decision in 2012 to defer the deportations of some illegal young immigrants as a "lawless act" that created an incentive for more to enter the U.S.

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As a solution, Cruz said Congress should pass legislation to tighten border security and streamline the immigration system.

The Obama administration announced Friday it would step up efforts to repatriate a surge of illegal immigrant children as it scrambled to keep up with a crisis.

More than 47,000 children primarily from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have been caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexican border since the start of the budget year.