One of the biggest opponents of immigration, especially when it comes to Syrian refugees, has been GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Along with other conservative pundits and politicians, he has made a big deal out of the possibility that Islamic terrorists could somehow slip through the screening and launch attacks here in the United States.
On Tuesday, Ted Cruz appeared on CNN, where he faced some tough questions from Dana Bash about his father, who was an early supporter of Fidel Castro. She did not hesitate to bring up the fact that his stance on immigration and refugees was obviously hypocritical, since his eligibility to run for president was due to the fact that Rafael Cruz left Cuba and eventually gained citizenship in the United States.
Here is the summary via Salon:
“What would have happened if your father, who was trying to get from Cuba to the United States, and the political leaders said, ‘Nope, we don’t think so, because who knows? Maybe you could be somebody who could, you know, commit crimes against Americans,’” CNN’s Dana Bash asked the Texas senator during an interview on Monday, pointing out Cruz’s apparent hypocrisy.
“See, that’s why it’s important to define what it is we’re fighting,” Cruz said. “If my father were part of a theocratic and political movement like radical Islamism that promotes murdering anyone who doesn’t share your extreme faith or forcibly converting them, then it would have made perfect sense,” Cruz said. (Source)
I thought about titling this article, “Ted Cruz Embarrassed By CNN’s Tough Questions On Immigration.” Unfortunately, nothing short of being caught donating money to Planned Parenthood or drinking a beer with President Obama would make Cruz look bad to Republican voters.
To the rest of us, the fact that Ted Cruz is a citizen of the United States and is eligible to run for president is because of our history of immigration. Sadly, Ted Cruz and other GOP candidates would like to repeal the 14th Amendment, and force the deportation of children who were born here of immigrant parents.
Unlike Bobby Jindal who dropped out of the presidential race today, Ted Cruz has the backing to take his campaign deep into the Republican primaries. His anti-immigrant rhetoric mirrors a long history of nativist hatred which includes the 1800’s Know-Nothing Party featured in the movie “Gangs of New York.”
Ted Cruz and others are seizing on the fear of terrorism which has been reignited in recent days to rally the conservative base and other uninformed voters. They’re hoping that their supporters ignore the fact that America was founded by immigrants, and that in 1939, Jewish refugees were turned back from our shores to die in Nazi concentration camps.
ISIS/Daesh is counting on people like Ted Cruz to further anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim hatred in the West. It’s part of their propaganda to convince the Middle East and Muslims that America is hateful, and to bring recruits to their ranks. Ted Cruz probably knows this, and he’ll gladly sacrifice our legitimacy on the world stage to become the Republican nominee.
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