Ted Cruz on Immigration
Heidi Cruz, Ted Cruz’s wife, was recently quoted as saying “Ted is an immigrant. He is Hispanic. We can unify this party,” only to be corrected shortly afterwards by the Cruz campaign. They claimed what Heidi meant to say was Ted was “the son of an immigrant.”
Heidi’s was a tricky comment because it drew attention to Cruz’s nationality – something critics have been questioning ever since Cruz began his run for the Republican nomination. According to the Constitution, “No person except a natural born Citizen… shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and lived there until the age of four. Because his mother is American, though, he was considered a U.S. citizen since birth, and therefore, a natural born citizen.
Another reason for Cruz to disown his wife’s comment is his stance on illegal immigration. Cruz has said, “As President, I will stop illegal immigration, build a wall that works, triple border security, and put in place surveillance and biometric tracking to secure the border.” Like Trump, Cruz is a staunch conservative when it comes to immigration and is against amnesty. He believes anything other than legal immigration is wrong and deserving of punishment and deportation.
On his campaign website, now with a logo including Fiorina’s name below his, Cruz lays out three steps to increase national security and stop illegal immigration:
1. Secure the U.S.-Mexican border – “No other reform is meaningful if we do not fix our porous southern border.”
2. Strengthen and enforce present immigration laws.
3. Pursue reforms to the legal immigration system – “We must once again welcome and celebrate legal immigrants while at the same time protecting American jobs and interests.”
The wall Cruz proposes to build would be 700 miles long and supported by technology and law enforcement officers. In 2013, Cruz presented legislation that would triple border control and quadruple our presence in the air, with aircraft over the border for reconnaissance missions and protection.
Cruz considers Obama’s amnesty towards illegals as, in itself, illegal. Cruz promises to “end the lawlessness with the stroke of a pen” on day one as president. He would also fight to pass the Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act, streamlining government spending to support only legal immigrants. Cruz also co-sponsored the Stop Sanctuary Cities and Protect Americans Act which would prevent communities from protecting illegal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement authorities.
Rather than “catching and releasing” illegals, Cruz would force them to return from where they came from and even increase “permanent detention capacity for illegal immigrants in the interior of the United States.” ICE agents would be given the power to detain illegals until their deportation.
Cruz’s immigration policy is in-depth and harsh; in short, Cruz would show no mercy to illegals and require all who enter the American border illegally to abide by the law and be deported as soon as possible.
Although Trump’s soundbite on building a wall has been played over and over again by the media, Cruz is considered more hardline on immigration policy than Trump. As of early 2016, he received an A compared to Trump’s B+ on strictness of immigration policy, according to NumbersUSA, a prominent immigration restriction group.
According to the group’s header, Roy Beck, the biggest different between Cruz and Trump’s stances is “the question of amnesty.” Cruz would not give illegal immigrants work permits, whereas Trump would deport them but “let all kinds of the good ones back in.” He promotes an expedited process for “good” illegals to re-enter the United States, whereas Cruz does not.
When it comes to who is stricter on immigration, it’s hard to say, though – both Trump and Cruz are against amnesty and believe in mass deportation. You could pick apart quotes from both candidates, but overall, they’re neck and neck when it comes to strictness on immigration reform.
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