The Ted Cruz Immigration Shuffle

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National Journal’s Beth Reinhard has a great look at Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s transformation from pro-immigration policy advisor for George W. Bush, to right-wing, fire-breathing opponent of reform.

When he was working for Bush, he crafted the campaign’s immigration policy, which included a sped-up application process, a greater number of work visas, and a provision that allowed relatives of permanent residents to visit the United States. Now, Cruz seems categorically opposed to anything that smacks of comprehensive reform. Reinhard notes that this transformation is a little baffling to people who have followed his career over the years:

The route Cruz chose, from working on the reform-minded Bush campaign to voting against the bill Wednesday as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, confounds some of those who crossed paths with him. His role on the Bush campaign is a lesser-known part of the biography of a politician increasingly viewed as a potential presidential contender in 2016.

“I’m disappointed in Ted because he’s a very bright, articulate lawyer with a substantial base of knowledge about immigration,” said Houston lawyer Charles Foster, who advised the Bush campaign on immigration and said he worked closely with Cruz. “But instead of using that knowledge, he’s acting like a typical politician and just talking about the border being out of control.”

Cruz’s office defends the shift as representative of different duties—then, Cruz was responsible for articulating policy for then-Governor Bush, now he’s representing Texas voters—but I don’t think you need to go that far to explain what Cruz is doing, and has done, with his shift on immigration.

Cruz presents himself as a principled operator, but the truth is that like all deft politicians, he’s willing to shift positions when necessary. In 2000, George W. Bush had introduced “compassionate conservatism” into the political lexicon, and a whole host of ambitious conservatives worked to turn that into a workable agenda, including Cruz.

At the moment, Tea Party conservatism is dominant in the Republican Party, and Cruz has adjusted accordingly, riding a wave of anti-government discontent to the Senate, where he’s built a reputation for brash opposition to the business of governing. And again, this is a reflexion of ambition. You just have to listen to Cruz speak to know that he wants to be president of the United States. And he’s betting—not unreasonably—that sticking with the Tea Party is his best path to the prize.


Call your senators Every American should oppose the Senate Gang of Eight's amnesty proposal to legalize millions of illegal immigrants in a time of budget deficit crisis and high unemployment.

Combined with current laws, the legalization would be a pathway to massive new welfare expenditures, job competition, chain migration and more illegal immigration.

1. It would cost trillions of dollars in extra government spending on social services.

2. It would immediately put millions of illegal aliens in front of the employment line to hold or take U.S. jobs while 20 million Americans who want a full-time job can't find one.

3. It would allow amnestied aliens to begin endless chains of relatives to come and add further competition for jobs and government resources.

4. It would immediately legalize 11 million illegal aliens without requiring triggers that fully implement enforcement first. The previous seven amnesties between 1986 and 2000 had no enforcement triggers and served only to entice 11 million new illegal immigrants who now demand their own amnesty.
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No immigrants in at all while more than 20 millions Americans are jobless and more than 50 millions Americans are underemployed period. Charity starts at home idiots.
Convey this to your SENATORS
Those who are supporting amnesty for illegals now are actually the 1986 amnesty beneficiaries, we granted them legal status and now they want to bring or let more illegal aliens in and the cycle will continue for ever at the expense of our economy.

If you cannot deport the illegal aliens at least do NOT reward these illegal aliens with citizenship, traitors

I am in California, I saw crowds waving the MEXICAN flag celebrating, some idiots here are still supporting the bill

If you cannot deport the illegal aliens at least do NOT reward these illegal aliens with citizenship, traitors.
Contact your "SENATORS" Do not reward illegal aliens who violated our laws and have been parasites on our economy with citizenship, this will encourage even more illegal aliens to invade our borders. Please make US citizens your priority. Resolve the unemployment problem first, please do not sell out the American people
Call your senators: only 2 options NO OTHER OPTION AT ALL should be made available for ANY foreigner:
1. Deport the illegal alien at his/her expense or at the expense of their country (their country will owe us the bill until paid).
2. If deporting an alien is not possible or not feasible for any reason then simply give that alien a temporary legal status but NEVER EVER reward an illegal alien with citizenship, all illegal aliens should be barred from becoming citizens for ever.
3. STOP the automatic citizenship at birth so this will discourage the illegal aliens from remaining in our country to produce an anchor baby, the law must be changed: at least one parent must be a citizen for the baby to be considered a citizen.
It does not make any sense to let more immigrants in while more than 20 million Americans are jobless and more than 50 millions American are underemployed period.
If we reward illegal aliens with citizenship this will encourage never ending waves of illegal aliens to invade our border, it will also encourage more aliens to overstay their visas in the hope of getting citizenship eventually and the cycle will continue for ever. We should have implemented this solution in 1986 instead of the wide scale amnesty then. Every American should contact the Congress before it is too late

A false excuse: " Citizens cant find jobs because they arent looking" sorry but you are very wrong. The issue is: both citizens and illegals can do the job and very willing to do the job, but the illegals will be hired only! why? because the illegals accept lower wages since they do not pay taxes and they send the money to their home country where the cost of living is so low and what he/she earns here is more than enough for the family back home, however a low wage wont be sufficient for us and our families because we pay taxes and the cost of living is high in the States, if these illegal (or legal) immigrants did not compete with us the employers would have no choice but to pay us fair wages. It is not a rocket science to understand, just see how importing foreign folks is unjust to the citizenry
I urge every American to send messages to these lawmakers, send clear messages through all available communications to them that this is NOT what the American people want, please do not sell us out. Now new illegal will do the job the illegal amnesty worker won't do, and the cycle will continue for ever, we had several amnesties for illegal immigrants before but the problem of the illegal immigration just got worse after each amnesty, it does not make sense to let more immigrants (legal or illegal) in while the citizens are jobless period. Do not sell out your fellow Americans please

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