Immigrant Rights Movement Underwhelmed by Ted Cruz's Presidential Campaign Announcement

Immigrant Rights Movement Underwhelmed by Ted Cruz's Presidential Campaign Announcement

Any presidential contender that’s serious about winning the White House needs a plan and timetable to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Sory, Ted Cruz—Deporting Dreamers, Parents, and Immigrant Workers is not a plan

Washington, DC—Immigrant families and their allies from across the country woke up this morning to read that Senator Ted Cruz will officially throw his hat into the 2016 presidential ring.

Below are remarks from Lupe Lopez, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship:

“Ted Cruz has no chance of winning the White House. The next President of the United States—and anyone who wants that job—has to come ready with a real plan and timetable to fix our country’s broken immigration system. Candidates who spew anti-immigrant rhetoric and demagoguery have no place and no chance of winning the White House.

“As the fastest growing segment of the American electorate, Latino, Asian, and immigrant voters have three questions for all the 2016 presidential candidates:

  • Will you repeal DACA and DAPA?
  • What’s your solution for the 11 million people living in America under our broken immigration system?
  • Will you meet with immigrant families?

“Senator Cruz, we await your answers…but we’re pretty sure we know what you’ll say.”

Right after the November 2012 elections, Senator Cruz told Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker“If Republicans do not do better in the Hispanic community, in a few short years Republicans will no longer be the majority party in our state…If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House…The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party. Our kids and grandkids would study how this used to be a national political party. ‘They had conventions, they nominated presidential candidates. They don’t exist anymore.’”

Asked Lopez if she thinks Cruz will take heed to his own advice from three years ago: “Not likely from what we’ve heard and seen from him since he became Senator.”

 Senator Cruz’s anti-immigrant track record and rhetoric is known to everyone. Last year, Senator Cruz declared his top priority was to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and restart the deportation of Dreamers. During the Senate committee mark up of the bipartisan immigration bill, Cruz introduced an amendment to remove the popularly-supported provision of a pathway to citizenship that essentially would create a permanent underclass in the country. And this year, Cruz has led the charge to unsuccessfully repeal the DACA and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, Legalized Residents) programs, by voting multiple times against the program, presiding over hearings to rip apart the programs, and supporting the anti-immigrant lawsuit by Attorneys General and governors.


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