Sen. Cruz Goes Nativist

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(h/t for illustration mariopiperni.com)

We’ve all known a guy like Ted Cruz, at one time or another . . . he’s the “legend in his own mind” who lurks around the periphery while others do the heavy lifting, then swoops in to point out that everything the mere mortals have done is utterly stupid and wrong, wrong, wrong.

So it is that Sen. Cruz is suddenly appearing anywhere there’s a hot mic to pronounce the Senate’s immigration reform bill “profoundly unfair.”  That, and his own immigration policy website, too, where you can show Sen. Cruz some cash money love while learning how he would not do things if he were king. [How he would do things? well, maybe he’ll tell us more about that later when he thinks it up]

The part that Cruz finds “profoundly unfair” is the “path to citizenship” for the 11 million souls that slipped through our border with Mexico, very often risking their lives to pursue their American Dream. Unfortunately, many did that without benefit of INS red tape, which was no problemo for thousands of American employers who welcomed the newcomers’ willingness to work around the clock for way below minimum wage and no bennies. 

Because all of that was still so much better than where they came from. 

Unlike Ted’s own Dad, Rafael, who fled Cuba in the ‘50s and, according to Ted, did everything by the book . . . except when he didn’t.  He’s conveniently forgetting the part about Dad’s family lawyer bribing an official for an exit visa.  Or the part about how Dad graduated from an American University, on a student visa, then promptly took himself off to work in the Canadian oil industry where he became a Canadian citizen. 

It wasn’t until Cruz Junior graduated from Harvard Law and started dreaming of the Oval Office that Dad renounced his Canadian citizenship and signed up to become an American, in 2005, 48 years after he washed up on these shores.

Like most rookie Republican Congressmen, Cruz is long on criticism and short on viable, fact-based, real world solutions.  I have to assume that Ted would just as soon round up 11 million people and ship them back to whence they came.  I do know that his preferred border security solution is to triple the ranks of the border patrol—deficit be damned!

Frankly, though, if Ted Cruz is truly concerned about fairness in our immigration legal system he has a lot more to address than a potential path to citizenship:

The immigration removal system lacks nearly all of the procedural safeguards we rely on and value in the U.S. justice system. Harsh immigration laws often apply retroactively. Immigrants facing deportation have neither a right to appointed counsel nor a right to a speedy trial. Those who receive an order of removal have limited ability to challenge their deportation in court. Given the potentially severe consequences of removal—which can range from permanent separation from family in the United States to being returned to a country where a person fears for his life—the lack of procedural safeguards deprives countless individuals of a fair judicial process.

Is it fair to deny immigrants who enter the country, or overstay their visas, basic human rights like due process, legal representation, access to administrative review and appeals, speedy custody determinations and bond hearings?

Being arbitrarily denied those rights is what I call profoundly unfair [but, then, I didn’t graduate from Harvard Law].

Also, Sen. Ted you might also want to think a bit about the people who put you in the Senate—you know, the little people who voted for you and protested outside your office when you offered your amendment that would have barred all undocumented immigrants from ever being able to gain citizenship? from the look of things you’re not exactly on the same page about immigration.

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Oh . . . and one last bit of advice, young Sen. Cruz: if you’re serious about running for president some day, you might want to think about the company you keep.  Wooing voters from the camps of the likes of wingnut nativists like John Tanton and NumbersUSA’s Roy Beck [Tom Tancredo’s immigration mentor] might get you standing ovations for your immigration demagoguery but, oooh baby, dragons be there!

Posted by Bette Noir on 07/23/13 at 02:38 PM • Permalink

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Wooing voters from the camps of the likes of wingnut nativists like John Tanton and NumbersUSA’s Roy Beck [Tom Tancredo’s immigration mentor] might get you standing ovations for your immigration demagoguery but, oooh baby, dragons be there!

Ah, another Republican dead-ender.

We’ve all known a guy like Ted Cruz, at one time or another . . . he’s the “legend in his own mind” who lurks around the periphery while others do the heavy lifting, then swoops in to point out that everything the mere mortals have done is utterly stupid and wrong, wrong, wrong.

I have a feeling this personality trait of his was a long time in the making.

And, right on time comes an ad about Canada Immigration Law, which I clicked on out of curiosity since I don’t want to die in a gutter from lack of Medicare, only to find a selection of immigration ads to click on, 3 of which were wingnut anti-immigration “take our poll” come-ons to harvest email addresses.  Winguts: never let a grifting opportunity get away.

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