Sen. Ted Cruz (in the golf attire), Ronen (right), taken from video.

The Mission District’s supervisor, Hillary Ronen, gave Texas Senator Ted Cruz a piece of her mind Sunday as the two happened to cross paths at Los Angeles International Airport. 

“Children are dying and families are being separated,” Ronen said to Cruz, as a crowd people in the terminal looked on. “You have the power — you’ve been a presidential candidate; you sit in Congress.” 

Ronen’s pleas to Cruz regarded curtailing the imprisonment of Central American migrants at the border, where they are living in squalor — as well as the ongoing practice of separating children from their families at the border. 

Cruz, dressed in a golf outfit, argued that Barack Obama built the cages in which migrants and children are being kept. 

“I don’t care who built the cages — dismantle them,” Ronen replied. “You have the power to dismantle them.” 

Ronen wrote in a Facebook post that she ran into members of AFCSME 3299, the union that represents University of California employees, chanting “free the children.” In a phone interview, Ronen elaborated that as she joined the demonstrators, she noticed people lining to shake Cruz’s hand and take selfies with him. “It was depressing to see that,” Ronen said. 

So Ronen got in line and had a talk with Cruz behalf her Latino constituents in San Francisco (you can see it in the video below).

She told Mission Local that she realizes “I’m not going change Ted Cruz’s mind. This is a man who’s promoted horrible immigration policies for decades.”

But: “Although many may say it’s pointless, I will never miss an opportunity to confront those in power and appeal to their conscience,” Ronen wrote this morning. “And we must not let them have any peace until there is justice.” 

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Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

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  1. since supervisor ronen told me not to expect much change – meaning that the homeless encampment at the end of my block would likely stay and the people in it would continue to do drugs in plain sight across from a play ground and a block from two schools – until the new navigation center opens, i really don’t care what she thinks of national politics. be effective at home first.

  2. There is justice and the law,if you are here illegally you need to be deported. I am an immigrant that came here with a green card issued by the American consulate in my country of origin. Ronen is just another progressive wind bag!

  3. If I saw Supervisor Ronen, I would similarly confront her about her role in preventing homebuilding and contributing to our high rents and homelessness crisis.

    She should focus on solving that rather than wading into national politics.

  4. .

    So let me get this straight
    1,000’s of people — including many, many children — live on city streets and parks in San Francisco
    Children are exposed to hereon addicts shooting up in BART tunnels
    The city has to hire a Urine-Patrol to clean human defecation from city streets.

    “Although many may say it’s pointless, I will never miss an opportunity to confront those in power and appeal to their conscience,” Ronen wrote this morning. “And we must not let them have any peace until there is justice.”

    Where is the PEACE and JUSTICE for YOUR people in YOUR city?
    May I “confront (you) in power and appeal to (your) conscience — and “not let (you) have any peace until there is justice?”

    1. If you paid the least bit of attention, you will know that Ronen has consistently spoken out on these issues, and has sponsored legislation to take them on. She personally cleaned up the BART station at 16th Street, when BART and the Mayor had done nothing for years. What is it that you’ve done?

  5. Classless on her part. She should be worried about her little district in the mission, and not something that not in her realm of job dutiesn that she continues to put a halt on any new housing unless its all subsidized. She is a joke. What can you do for the mission district sweetheart, then worry about the national stage.

    1. As a person with a vote..and who lives in this country. It does NOT matter where you are from. If you have an opportunity to speak up about things you don’t agree with, things that are (for some) actually life and death, it is your OBLIGATION to speak up and to say something. Her ‘little’ district OR his much larger district – they are both responsible adults who have this obligation to do Better. Do Better Every Day.

    2. We are all citizens of this country and should speak up whenever we see injustice. And calling her “sweetheart” just shows how patronizing you truly are.

    3. Not classless at all, in fact quite the opposite. Sure San Francisco has it’s own set of issues, but we should all speak-up against this abomination of justice whenever and wherever possible. Taking a stand takes courage. Classless? I suppose sitting in your comfortable home while desperate asylum seekers are treated like dogs, that is what real class looks like. Shame on people like Bobby and Republicans everywhere. BRAVO HILLARY!

    4. @ Booby…i’d argue that you’re the one who has no class. Now get back in front of your TV…where you belong.

    5. What little district do you live in Sweetheart? The Mission is, and always has been, a community of immigrants. Yes, Ronen spoke for the people in her district who voted for her when she confronted Cruz. Some like to talk about “speaking truth to power” like it was some kind of drinking game or marketing scheme. Some, like Ronen, really do it. Congrats to you Hillary.

    6. Look. I don’t like Cruz, but I agree with you. Because I’m even less happy with SF BOS Ronen. She’s not even from San Francisco. She’s not from the Mission. I am. It used to be an Irish neighborhood when my grandma was born here.

      Considering that fact that I am a 4th generation but not the right color for my neighborhood anymore – I can tell you first hand that this woman has single handedly caused families to flee her district because of her poor management of the area. She needs to do her job.

      But she won’t. She has no interest in that. She’ll stack her district with as many outside votes that she can and pander to them. She cares not about the heritage of the city. All she cares about is pandering – filling her district with as many out of town homeless people that will vote for her for letting them do their drugs wherever they want – and do whatever they want.

      She’s more worried about breaking federal law or encouraging breaking federal law than she is about making sure families actually want to live there.

    7. So taking office negates her citizenship rights and duties beyond the scope of the office? Really?