In an interview this week with the Shark Tank‘s Javier Manjarres, 2016 Republican candidate Ted Cruz launched a well-aimed “Cruz missile” at the crowded GOP presidential field, using the issue of amnesty for illegal aliens as the ammunition.
Cruz began the interview by making his position on a “pathway to citizenship,” i.e., amnesty for those who came to America illegally, crystal clear.
“There should be no pathway to citizenship for those who are here illegally. I don’t support amnesty,” Cruz, a constitutional conservative, told Shark Tank. “Because I actually think the amnesty issue is broader than just another policy people,” Cruz said while explaining that illegal immigration is a tool Obama is using to “fundamentally transform the United States.”
Cruz explained that the Obama scheme is to allow millions of illegals to enter the country and vote Democrat for eternity and “keep the big government Democrats in power.” “It is a transformational policy, if amnesty goes through — it changes who we are as a country,” Cruz contended.
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Cruz then explained that just as establishment RINO Mitt Romney was not able to effectively debate against Obamacare because of his “Romneycare” debacle while governor of Massachusetts, most of the Republican presidential candidates will not be able to argue against Obama’s illegal amnesty because of their either current, or past support of amnesty.
“What was striking in Cleveland [debate] was a majority of candidates on that stage have advocated amnesty, not just advocated, advocated it for years. Many of them vocally, vigorous, publicly, As you mentioned, your and my friend Marco Rubio joined with Chuck Schumer, authoring the Chuck Schumer amnesty plan. In doing so, he was enthusiastically supported by Jeb Bush. In doing so he was enthusiastically supported by Scott Walker and President Obama.
Both CNN and Politifact did fact checks of my statement that the majority of the candidates on that stage supported amnesty, and both of them concluded, ‘Yep, it’s true,’ when they went through the records of one after the other after the other.
Let me tell you why that matters. We all remember back in 2012 when we nominated a candidate Mitt Romney, a good man, but someone who had proposed Romneycare.
And the problem was when it came to the general election, when you have a candidate who’s been an advocate for a health insurance plan almost exactly like Obamacare, our nominee wasn’t able to make the election about Obamacare; he wasn’t able to challenge Barack Obama effectively on Obamacare because he had written a proposal just like it.
The same thing is true in this instance.
If we nominate a candidate who’s been a vigorous, vocal, aggressive advocate of amnesty, then the Republican won’t stand up and challenge Hillary Clinton on amnesty — certainly won’t do so effectively — because anyone who tries to do so, the response will be, ‘Gosh, just a couple of years ago before you were running for president, you agreed with me we should grant amnesty.'”
“I have never supported amnesty and I will never support support amnesty. I believe in the rule of law,” Cruz concluded.
Senator Cruz often repeats the famous quote from Ronald Reagan:
“Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?”
Cruz made it clear that the issue of amnesty and illegal immigration is one of those issues.