Outwardly, he seems to be a mix between Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Allen West. Except he’s actually intelligent—don’t let his asinine comments fool you. He only compares to those individuals with his outlandish comments and purposeful avoidance of reality.
His newest ridiculous claim is that President Obama is the biggest obstacle to immigration reform. See, Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been working on a compromised immigration bill which includes a lot, but the main compromises it gives to each party are a path to citizenship Democrats have sought and tougher border security Republicans have insisted on.
You know, compromise—the way government’s supposed to work. And while there’s still a debate to be had, and there’s more to be worked out about the bill, it’s shaping up to be a true effort by both sides to come together and pass common sense immigration reform.
Which is why it makes perfect sense that Ted Cruz would single out President Obama and say he’s the biggest obstacle to these reforms.
The problem is Senator Cruz, with all his Ivy League education, apparently never learned what the words “compromise” or “negotiation” mean.
Democrats have given in on tougher border security as their “chip in the game” to get many Republicans to agree on a path to citizenship, such as that of the DREAM Act.
What’s the DREAM Act? Well, apparently it’s an “easy path to citizen ship for illegals” according to people like Ted Cruz. But let’s look at the details of who qualifies for the DREAM Act and what they must do to obtain American citizenship:
- Not have entered the United States on a non-immigrant Visa.
- Have proof of having arrived in the United States before age 16.
- Have proof of residence in the United States for at least five consecutive years since their date of arrival.
- If male, have registered with the Selective Service.
- Be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of bill enactment.
- Have graduated from an American high school, obtained a GED, or been admitted to an institution of higher education.
- Be of good moral character.
Then, if they meet all of those qualifications, those who qualified would be granted a “conditional” status and then would be required to graduate from a two-year community college, complete at least two years towards a four-year degree or serve two years in the US military. Those who meet at least one of those three conditions would be eligible to apply for permanent resident status. During this six-year period, these individuals would not be eligible for federal grants such as Pell grants but could apply for student loans and work study.
Talk about “easy.” We’re just handing out American citizenship right and left, aren’t we?
But let’s not ignore the glaring hypocrisy of Ted Cruz.
Did you know that Ted Cruz’s father was a Cuban immigrant, and Ted Cruz himself was actually born in Canada?
So a man who’s adamant about a proposed path to citizenship comes from an immigrant father and only has his citizenship because his mother is an American. See, President Obama might have had a father who wasn’t an American, but at least he was born on American soil. Ted Cruz can’t even claim that.
Yet, here this man sits opposing a path to citizenship for many individuals and blaming Obama for being the biggest obstacle for this getting passed.
Which might be believable if the “path to citizenship” wasn’t supported by most congressional Democrats, many congressional Republicans, the White House, the majority of Americans, immigration advocates, the Bush administration and even Ronald Reagan supported similar legislation when he was president.
Accusations such as this make more sense when you remember Ted Cruz bragged about his endorsement from Sarah Palin during his campaign.
And while Ted Cruz hasn’t been in Congress very long, it seems he’s quickly taken up the policy of blaming the president for a problem caused by Republicans.
Except in this particular case, he’s blaming the president for a problem he’s actually creating.