I came across this hit piece article today. The article’s title, “Cruz showing a sharp right turn on immigration” implies that Cruz has changed his position on immigration. Having heard Cruz state that he has never supported amnesty (taking illegal immigrants and making them legal citizens, in effect, rewarding them for breaking the law), I wondered if there was any truth to the claim of this article. So I read it.
Turns out it’s just another hit piece, carefully crafted and worded just so to state that Cruz used to support amnesty but no longer does. But when you look at the facts, which are stubborn things, you see that this is not true at all. Let’s examine the article.
1. The article states, “Cruz once advised a White House working group that crafted President George W. Bush’s ultimately unsuccessful 2004 immigration overhaul, which sought to offer temporary work visas to millions of people in the country illegally.”
So we are to believe that, because Cruz gave advice to a group that was for amnesty, Cruz is for amnesty. Sorry, but that’s not logical.
2. “He also was Texas state chairman of a conservative Hispanic organization that advocated for Bush’s proposal.” So because Cruz was a member of a group of people which, at one point advocated for Bush’s proposal which did not offer amnesty, we’re supposed to believe Cruz was in favor of amnesty? This is ludicrous. It’s like saying Mark Fields, the CEO of Ford Motor Company, is a Nazi sympathizer because Henry Ford did business with the Nazis.
3. “And, in the Senate in 2013, Cruz sought to amend a sweeping immigration overhaul carried by one of his now presidential rivals, Marco Rubio. Cruz wanted to remove the possibility of obtaining U.S. citizenship, but didn’t touch language allowing for a pathway to legal immigration status for those here illegally.”
Ok, this one is complicated, and it’s unfortunate that Megyn Kelly and Fox News decided they were going to push this story as true. I believe this was dishonest, because during the debate they stated that Cruz added an amendment to the bill supporting amnesty, but right after the debate Megyn Kelly sat down with Ted Cruz and admitted to him that she read the information about the amendment, and she thought it was obvious that the amendment was a “poison pill” meant to kill the bill.
And so the three statements in this article meant to prove that Ted Cruz used to support amnesty for illegal immigrants are without merit and totally false. This author is just another yellow journalist bent on selling a certain narrative at the expense of the truth. Whether you support Ted Cruz or not, I just thought you should know the facts. He wants people to come to this country legally, not illegally.
Just another indicator that we should read things carefully and make sure they are backed up with facts.