Skip to comments.Ted Cruz, the Anti-Rubio Who Is Determined to Stop Immigration Reform
Posted on 05/02/2013 11:36:28 AM PDT by AuntB
The Texas freshman has become the face of the GOP opposition to immigration reformand that could boost the senators prospects in 2016, reports David Catanese.
Three weeks after he was elected to the Senate, Ted Cruz delivered a speech in a dimly lit downtown Washington hotel ballroom addressing the thumping his party had sustained at the ballot box, particularly at the hands of Hispanic voters.
The issue is not, as the media would suggest, 100 percent about immigration, the Texas senator told the banquet of conservatives, deriding the press corpss obsessive focus on that issue.
I think Republicans need to remain a party that supports securing the border and stopping illegal immigration and at the same time welcomes and celebrates, champions legal immigration, he continued, to thunderclaps from the favorable audience. It aint the answer just to suddenly talk about immigration and forget everything else. Im going to suggest instead a different path.
Just as the immigration debate is heating upand Cruzs own potential presidential aspirations are coming into sharp focusthe 42-year-old Cuban-American is now looking to make good on his word.
No Republican senator has been a more audacious opponent of the bipartisan approach to immigration than Cruz. And being a freshman who has been a part of the seniority-driven chamber for less than four months makes the play even bolder.
In my view, any bill that insists upon [a pathway to citizenship] jeopardizes the likelihood of passing any immigration-reform bill, Cruz told the Senate Judiciary Committee in no uncertain terms last week.
Of course, thats the central tenet of the legislationpitting him squarely against the bills chief sponsor and fellow Hispanic, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, also a 2016 presidential contender.
If Rubio is set to become the vaunted hero if the compromise holds, Cruz will be remembered, for better or worse, as the wrecking ball if it crumbles.
Even as Rubio has doggedly tried to frame the package as a border security billcomplete with new technology to beef up surveillance of high-risk sections of the 2,000-mile Mexican borderCruz has sliced it up as yet another government boondoggle filled with false promises.
The Tea Party favorite notes that a mere 58 of the bills 844 pages address the border-security component and says the proposed security triggers that will be used to legalize new citizens lack real teeth. There are no objective metrics in place to ensure any triggers in this bill will be meaningful, Cruz said after a hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
One political adviser to Cruz explained that while the senator has refrained from a full-frontal shelling of immigration reform, its highly unlikely hell ever get to a place where he can vote aye.
If Rubio is set to become the vaunted hero if the compromise holds, Cruz will be rememberedfor better or worseas the wrecking ball if it crumbles.
Ted really would like to do some real immigration reform in a way that doesnt alienate Hispanic voters, but the path that theyve gone down is not something hes going to support, said the adviser, who declined to be identified.
It gives too much control to the Obama administration, allowing them to do studies that he doesnt believe they have any good intention of doing. The big picture is not a bad sell, its when you dive in, thats where the devil lies. Youll see Cruz focus on the flaws of the details rather than attacking it on the big picture.
But while the adviser insisted that Cruzs position isnt being calibrated with an eye toward a 2016 White House run, he concedes that being a leader of the opposition to amnesty would be helpful in early primary states like South Carolina, where the senator is scheduled to address a state GOP dinner on Friday. National Review reports that Cruz is seriously considering a presidential bid.
The adviser also points out that other reform advocates include John McCain, as well as prominent liberal Democrats such as Chuck Schumer: I think Marcos kind of hurt himself here, with the Republican base. (A Cruz spokeswoman said the senator was too busy for an interview.)
In other words, Cruz in no way wants to be associated with those he sees as the Senates squishesa term he recently used to slight some of his Republican colleagues who complained about his aggressive posture during the gun-control debate.
Rubios team has every reason to play nice. His playbook throughout the fight has been to engage critics and their concerns constructivelya concerted effort to slowly win, or at least placate, the hearts and minds of the conservative commentariat. Theres no advantage to getting into a public knife fight with the pugnacious and self-assured Cruz, who is building a following with the same grassroots conservatives Rubio will need in a White House campaign.
We have a ton of respect for Senator Cruz and value his suggestions for how to improve the immigration legislation, said Rubio spokesman Alex Conant. Weve talked a lot with Senator Cruz and his staff and really appreciate their insights. As somebody from a border state with many immigrants, Senator Cruz will have important suggestions for how to help improve the proposal.
But Cruzs operation is counting on the entire thing to die, if not in the Senate, then almost surely once it gets to the House. And then Cruz could claim to be the one 2016er who fought comprehensive immigration reform and won.
That would be the textbook play in a Republican primary, based on past experience. Remember the flak that Texas Gov. Rick Perry took last cycle for calling critics of illegal immigrants heartless? Or the backlash Newt Gingrich provoked when he declared that longtime undocumented residents should be allowed to remain in the country?
Dan Harvell, a South Carolina GOP county party chairman, said he totally agrees with Cruzs opposition to immigration reform. I think hes right, and we dont need to be so tolerant as many would have us be, he said.
Yet some Republicans pollsters contend that attitudes in their party are gradually softening, with one recent McLaughlin & Associates survey showing that 66 percent of GOPers support reform that includes a waiting period of several years for those who came here illegally.
Cruz opposing a security fix thats needed in immigration reform wont help, said John McLaughlin, who conducted the March poll. On the other hand, if like Sen. Rand Paul he is able to make important changes and helps fix a broken system, he may really boost his standing well beyond his Texas conservative base.
But some of those who marshal the troops and resources in primary campaigns are not only standing in solidarity with Cruz but notably souring on Rubio.
I think what Marco Rubios doing right now is not how the Senate is supposed to be operated. Its certainly not deliberative, said Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots.
Cruz is asking the tough questions, especially in the hearings, she said. Hes doing what he can to force the Senate to be more deliberative. Thats a good thing. And the people in the Tea Party movement appreciate that.
The smear machine has started on Cruz, so he's doing something right and worries the opposition, like Grover Norquist who promised to marginalize any opposition to the gang of 8 plans. He brag he already marginalized Jeff Sessions. Let Sen. Sessions know he is appreciated for his YEARS of work for conservatives on this issue.
To see David Dewhurst trying to debate Cruz was a revelation. Dewhurst is a decent guy and fairly conservative, but Texas didnt need another old Tory in the Senate, a male version of Kaye Bailey.
Cruz has the added advantage of being correct.
Funny, I'm trying to get him primaried out of the 2014 race for Lt. Gov. He's a squishy RINO. Certainly not conservative. I've got the Boot Dewhurst in 2014 pinglist here on FR.
God Bless America, I voted for him!
REVELATION: COULD IT BE Ted Cruz actually read the Bill!!
God Bless You for doing so!
If Rubio wants to do something about the plight of his fellow Cubans that’s fine. But the people who easily come across through Mexico are from all parts of the world. I would suggest that for two years the Feds enforce, without exception, all the current laws already enacted and then let’s see where we are. And no more work visas or guest worker programs.
Could it be that Ted Cruz read THIS:
Consider what the Marco Rubios bill is attempting to hide by moving so quickly. The bill:
Grants amnesty to illegal aliens simply after the Secretary of Homeland Security submits plans to secure the border;
Grants amnesty to criminals and gang members;
Does not require amnestied illegal aliens to pay back-taxes;
Does not require amnestied illegal aliens to learn English;
Allows illegal aliens to sue the government for amnesty;
Allows the open borders and pro-amnesty lobbies to sue to prevent enforcement measures from taking place before illegal aliens can receive green cards;
Requires taxpayers foot the bill for illegal aliens to fight deportations at the Attorney Generals sole and unreviewable discretion;
Requires only 3 of 9 southern border sectors to have a 90% apprehension rate, leaving the rest in the porous status quo;
Grants green cards and citizenship after 5 years to illegal aliens claiming to have come to the U.S. before the age of 16 who meet certain criteria;
Effectively halts all deportations for years by requiring Homeland Security to allow every illegal alien its agents intercept to apply for amnesty and prohibiting agents from deporting them until the illegal aliens application is adjudicated.
AND NOW IS OPPOSING THE BILL??
“God Bless America, I voted for him!”
For Cruz? Aren’t you still in Illinois?
I'd also love to see Corny Cornyn primaried. (I can dream.)
Those placing their bets early might have been betting on the wrong Latino Republican. We’ll have to see, but no doubt Rubio has hurt himself with many by making such a hard sell and, frankly, misrepresenting what the Gang of 8 conconction would actually do, or mostly not do when it comes to border security.
I called Rubio the Bart Stupack of the immigration debate and I’m sticking with it.
I wouldn't be surprised.
I love Ted Cruz. He’s the real deal. You guys in Texas are blessed to have him. Rubio pals around with Mc Cain too much.
“I called Rubio the Bart Stupack of the immigration debate and Im sticking with it.”
Nice analogy. Good work.
I moved to Corpus Christi Texas to care for my terminally ill father. He went to be with Jesus March 17, 2012
“Might be a provision of 0Care...folks in IL can vote all across the US...as often as they like ;)
I wouldn’t be surprised. “
Cruz is doing something right!
Oh, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss! How do you like Texas? I was born near there, in Falfurrias.
Hes a tory, not a conservative. A conservative by inclination but without conservative ideas.
Bless you...for taking care of your dad. That’s an honor and blessing...something you’ll never regret.
Irony by burning Barrys file, they have opened to door to Rubio and Cruz.
I wish we could clone Greg Abbott.
If Conservative Floridians will have anything to say about it, Rubio will be a one term mistake!
Americans continue to make these mistakes that end up biting them in the ass. Some are easily rectified, but the rectum in the White Hut is one so monumental that it will take this nation decades to dig out of the rubble caused by one insignificant non-aborted bas-ard.
I support Ted Cruz on this. As for Rubio, I hope he fails.
“Rubio pals around with Mc Cain too much.”
Here’s a bit of trivia for you! I was actually checking out George Soros because Rubio’s chief of staff, Cesar Conda used to work for Soros.
Who do you think is the ONLY republican that Soros has ever contributed $$$ to a campaign..1999??
Yep! JOHN MCCAIN.
Ted is scary smart. he might have committee the act to memory. He is as smart as the liberals pretend Barry to be.
I HATE IT, HOT HOT HOT! I could write a book. I was so overwhelmed, Working caring for my dad, taking him to Wound care 3 times a week, taking him to dialysis 3 times a week. he was in and out of the hospital constantly. I was attending a baptist Church and asked them for help...... a meal for my dad 2 times a week, so I could get some rest.
They pretty much told me to go pound sand............
I would like to see that too. I get the feeling he is going to vote like Ted Cruz until 2014, and then go back to being establishment-Republican. I am no longer a Republican, and I will not vote for incumbent Republicans except for Ted Cruz.
“I was attending a baptist Church and asked them for help...... a meal for my dad 2 times a week, so I could get some rest.
They pretty much told me to go pound sand............”
Even our church’s have gone to hell! They’re too busy pushing amnesty. You should have told them you were aliens!
Do you plan to stay down there?
My family left Texas when I was 3 wks old and went to Klamath Falls, Oreg...in the snow...Mama said it was quite a change!
Let's start calling 'em what they really are: "The Gang of Ocho".
Sorry for your loss. We lost Mom two years ago in Corpus Christi. I was born and raised there.
I’m the same way about the heat. I was in the Dallas area when I was in Texas years ago. Too wide open for my tastes.
Yep. *Big John* talks a conservative game before election time. That’s ANOTHER benefit of Ted Cruz...he’s making Corny actually vote conservative.
Rubio increasingly demonstrats he’s well-meaning, but, as time will tell,ready to be co-opted. He is bound to discover there’s no short or long term advantage to taking the “bi-partisan” approach.
MONTHS ago, I called Cruz “Marco Rubio on steroids”.
It’s already clear it’ll be Rubio who is set to garner the
lion’s share o* personal gain *rom this.
If that happens, a lot of us will remember Cruz as the guy who prevented the GOP from going the way of the Whigs and I'll crawl over broken glass to vote for him.
Jeff Sessions is a wonderful, decent man, but he's too damn polite to the likes of Grover Norquist. Based on what I've seen of Ted Cruz so far, I don't think he will make the same mistake.
“Cruz will be remembered, for better or worse, as the wrecking ball if it crumbles.
If that happens, a lot of us will remember Cruz as the guy who prevented the GOP from going the way of the Whigs and I’ll crawl over broken glass to vote for him.”
I’d like to see Allen West back in the game...one of the few who refused to sign Grover’s blood oath.
I'm sorry for your loss.
Rubio is deader than the proverbial doornail at the present. However the little Rube CAN reedeem himself (evil laugh).
All he has to do is name names---name the latino lobbyists who wrote this treasonous bill---name the latinos who cunningly connived to force the "poison of ethnic solidarity" into our laws.
Rube needs to name names...who got paid to endanger Americans, and to destroy our culture, forcing the poison of ethnic solidarity down our throats.
ALL FOR THEM---NOTHING FOR US We need names so Americans can prosecute and imprison latino lobbyists who wrote the Schumer-Rubio "immigration reform" bill---that includes:
<><> "slush funds" amounting to $150 million tax dollars to latino-centric groups like La Raza, which advocates bloody, violent uprisings agaiinst Americans.Grants amnesty to criminals and gang members;
<><> Does not require amnestied illegal aliens to pay back-taxes;
<><> Does not require amnestied illegals who will be voting to learn English;
<><> Allows illegal aliens to sue the government for amnesty;
<><> Allows the ethnic solidarity bunch to sue to prevent enforcement measures from taking place before illegal aliens can receive green cards;
<><> Requires taxpayers to foot the bill for illegals to fight deportation.
<><> Requires nno penalties for the thousands of illegals w/ forged/faked multiplte identities.
<><> Allows illegals to slobber at the public trough under several identities.......sending US tax dollars back to their homelands.
“Not all churches are like that....and it’s a mistake to generalize them as such.”
What’s it to you? I didn’t say ALL churches. I am Baptist, or was. Churches are full of 2 kinds of people, saints and sinners. At least I know which one I am, which is more than I can say for MOST of ‘em.
It’s also a ‘mistake’ to preach to someone who doesn’t want to hear it. You inserted yourself into a personal conversation, not a political one. You handle religion as you see fit. So will I. It’s called FREEDOM.
“...but he’s too damn polite to the likes of Grover Norquist.”
It’s time to let Norquist know that he’s neither liked nor wanted, and that he speaks only for traitorous squishes and dopplegangers that party in his 70 IQ vacuum head.
After the recent arrests in the Boston Bombing....I think pro-terrorist Grover Norquist has been neutered.
Those arrests of the two who violated their student visa is probably the lynchpin that stops this amnesty attempt... as now the Rubio-Obama Amnesty bill looks pro-terrorist
Soro’s campaign arm, Open Society, has also contributed to Lindsey Graham
Soro’s is also in the Carlyle Group....an investment group started by GOP politicians....GHW Bush was a member
Soros has a lot of ties to leftist GOP.....don’t be shocked if Rubio has Soros ties beyond Cesar Conda
“After the recent arrests in the Boston Bombing....I think pro-terrorist Grover Norquist has been neutered.
Those arrests of the two who violated their student visa is probably the lynchpin that stops this amnesty attempt... as now the Rubio-Obama Amnesty bill looks pro-terrorist”
Check this out, just posted.
Klamath Falls, Oreg...
My son was born there...Presbyterian Hospital..
we were stationed at Kingsley field...
Lived in base housing...
I had got a tan in February just sitting in my back yard..
Now it was Mother’s Day and the nurses were coming into the hospital in parkers musing throughthe heavy snow..
On the TV...excitement..Patty Hearst was holding up banks
this week in Walmart there was a Spanish speaking woman getting WIC for SIX different families...
she held up the line while the frustrated cashier tried to help her...