On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential run. During
his speech, he spoke of his mother being of Irish and Italian descent,
and how she came from a working-class family. He also spoke of his father’s
journey from Cuba to Texas, where he started his new life washing dishes.
Cruz spoke about the virtues of immigrants, and how our country has enabled
millions of people from all over the world to come here with nothing and
On Monday, Cruz asked the American people to imagine having a president
that would “finally, finally, finally” secure the border.
What are Cruz’s views on immigration reform? Two years ago, Cruz
proposed an amendment that would triple the Border Patrol that is currently
patrolling the Southwest border from 20,000 to 60,000. He also proposed
quadrupling the numbers of drones, radars, and helicopters situated along
that section of the border.
Under his proposal, if the federal government was unable to certify 100%
operational control of the border, then funds for federal
immigration enforcement would be directed to border states such as Texas.
On Monday, Cruz did praise the immigrants who came to the United States
with nothing and made a life for themselves.
In a committee room two years ago, Cruz defined what types of penniless
immigrants he supported. Two years ago, Cruz proposed an amendment that
would reform America’s broken immigration system. However, his proposals
were very different from President Obama’s.
Instead of focusing on family ties, the focus would shift to business interests.
Cruz’s proposal would reduce family-based green cards from 66% to
25%, giving the majority of visas to foreigners who are trained in mathematics,
engineering, science and technology.
He also proposed shutting down the Diversity Visa Lottery program, which
grants green cards to 55,000 a year to people coming from countries with
a low rate of immigration to the U.S., mostly from Africa.
On Monday, Cruz was sympathetic towards the plight of immigrants, and the
challenges they face. He said that our broken immigration creates human
tragedies. He pointed out how families are losing their lives in the desert.
Cruz said we need a solution that respects the rules of the law, while
ensuring that there are real and meaningful consequences for violation
the immigration rules.
While that proposed amendment did pass the full Senate, the bill failed
to pass once it reached the House of Representatives. However, the bill
does give Texans an idea as to how Cruz would like to overhaul America’s
broken immigration system.