Ted Cruz is the only possible Republican candidate who understands the problem with amnesty.
“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” – Voltaire
Even though we just came off an election that seemed to last an eternity, we are approaching 2016 more quickly than we realize. Unlike the last two presidential election cycles, the Republican field is stacked in 2016. There are several solid contenders for the nomination, as well as a parade of horribles who would lose to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately, despite a deep bench of qualified conservatives who appear to have their heads on straight, there seems to be a pervasive misunderstanding among them regarding one key issue: amnesty, and a pathway to citizenship. Ben Shapiro recently wrote up a handy little guide which shows us just where each of the Republican front-runners stand on the issue of amnesty—specifically a “pathway to citizenship.” Here are some quotes from the men themselves:
“I do believe that those who come here illegally ought to have an opportunity to get in line with everybody else. I don’t think those who come here illegally should jump to the front of the line or be given a special deal, be rewarded for coming here illegally, but I think they should have a chance, just like anybody else, to get in line and to become a citizen if they would like to do so.” – Mitt Romney
“…there already is a process for how people become citizens. The main difference is I wouldn’t have people be forced to go home. You’d just get in line. But you get in the same line everyone is in.” – Rand Paul
“I tend to think that the rational approach is to find a way to give people a pathway to citizenship. You shouldn’t ignore the law or ignore those who break it. But by the same token, I think it’s a little disingenuous when I hear people say they should experience the full weight of the law in every respect with no pathway…” – Mike Huckabee
“For people waiting to come in our country legally, we’ve got to make sure that they get in first, that they get their status first, because they’ve been following the rules and playing by the rules. After that, if there is a way to set up a process so that you enable people to come in and have a legal pathway to do that, that’s something we’ve got to embrace.” – Scott Walker
“…of course allow [illegal immigrants] to have a pathway to citizenship. That’s the only humane and reasonable thing to do.” – Ben Carson
Now, there are certainly other presidential contenders, but my point is clear. There is a pervasive sentiment that, regardless of the method, and the time frame, we should eventually allow those who came here illegally to become citizens.
The left contends that even if we grant citizenship, amnestied illegals would not be allowed to vote. They tell us that it’s crazy to worry about something like that. However, as the DNC’s Donna Brazile said early last year: “I don’t think you can create two classes of citizens in this society, one with legal status and the right to vote, and one without.”
The wheels are always in motion, and to believe otherwise is foolish. The left wants illegals to be granted the right to vote because they will–in large part–vote Democrat. The Democrats want 11 million new voters who are dependent on government handouts, and grateful to those who give them those handouts. That way, a conservative candidate will never again win a national election. Because of the makeup of illegal immigrants, they tend to be low-skill, low-wage workers, who would be much more likely to rely on the federal government for subsistence. Why would they ever vote for a Party that wants to reform social safety nets?
Republicans are either foolish enough to think that if they support amnesty, they will get a chunk of those future votes, or they are too stupid to see what’s really going on. Either way, their idiocy is causing them to side with the left on a “pathway to citizenship.”
There is one candidate, however, that understands what’s happening, and that candidate is Ted Cruz. As Shapiro points out in his article:
“The Texas senator has been outspoken in his belief that the border must be enforced and that illegal immigrants should not be given a pathway to citizenship. Last year, he was instrumental in killing a Republican bill pushing comprehensive immigration reform.”
In 2013, Senator Cruz himself said as much:
“In my opinion, if we allow those who are here illegally to be put on a path to citizenship, that is incredibly unfair to those who follow the rules…”
Not only is it unfair to those who have come here legally to grant illegal immigrants citizenship, it would be the death knell of the conservative movement. During the 2012 election cycle, Newt Gingrich proposed a rather brilliant idea. He proposed that we deport all illegals who have committed serious criminal offenses, and allow the rest to stay. However, those who stay would never be given citizenship, and therefore, would never have the right to vote. This proposal should satisfy the bleeding-heart liberals who just want families to stay intact, and who simply want illegals to have a better life in the United States, right? Unlikely.
The left has an agenda, and that agenda is to get more votes, and more power. It’s a simple goal, but one that goes unnoticed, even by many conservatives. Ted Cruz knows what’s going on behind the curtain, and given that, he’s the only one we should support in 2016. If we select a “pathway to citizenship” candidate, we will have lost before the election has even taken place.