Hispanic Americans sent a strong message in November by voting overwhelmingly Democratic and thus finally making it clear to Republicans that they can't win with such dismally low support from this constituency. Only because their electoral livelihood is threatened, the Republicans have come to a deal with Democrats on relatively comprehensive immigration reform.
The deal creates a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, who would be able to stay in the country and start working legally after passing a background check and paying a fine. It overhauls the immigrations system itself, granting green cards to immigrants who obtain advanced degrees in math, science or technology from American universities. It creates an employment verification system, and it allows companies to hire non-U.S. citizens if they can prove they couldn't recruit a U.S. citizen.
Guess who's against it? Texas's first Hispanic senator, Ted Cruz. How pathetic. Look at this foul discharge:
…I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.
What complete junk. Apparently Ted Cruz doesn't understand that “the rule of law” depends on what the law says. The current law puts undocumented immigrants ahead of all documented immigrants. The proposed law creates a much more fair system that deals with undocumented immigrants humanely – that is, in an American way. If we don't change anything – or only strengthen the border and the legal immigration system, as Ted Cruz suggests, we have failed to deal with the over ten million aspiring Americans who could be benefitting our country greatly. As the Washington Post conservative Jennifer Rubin writes:
For starters it doesn't sound like Cruz or his staff read the proposal because the four-page plan goes to some lengths to spell out that illegal immigrants would not take priority over those waiting “in line” for green cards, let alone for citizenship. Moreover, Cruz is now a senator and needs to do better than a bumper-sticker slogan that reform is “inconsistent with the rule of law.” Does the current system respect the rule of law? Why is it “inconsistent with the rule of law” if people pay a penalty, jump through hoops and don't cut the line? Maybe automatic citizenship with no conditions isn't fair, but no one has proposed that.
More than half of Americans support dealing with undocumented immigrants here over halting the flow of illegal immigration. That number has only increased in recent years, and will continue to do so – especially if this law passes and people see its benefits. Ted Cruz's opposition, in addition to being anathema to reasoned debate, is incredibly stupid. His opposition to this popular law – especially popular among Hispanics – is complete political idiocy. He's making himself even more vulnerable in 2018.
Less than a month into his term, Ted Cruz has consistently embarrassed Texas and done a terrible job representing us in Washington.