Sunday, March 1, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Cruz gets border crisis wrong

navarrette column sig

By
From page A11 | July 31, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO — Ted Cruz doesn’t “get” immigration. Nor does he understand the need to give due process to refugees.

This is clear now that thousands of children from Central America have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

I’ve known the senator from Texas for a dozen years. He’s scary smart. Yet on immigration and asylum – where one would expect him to bring his A-game because his father, Rafael, emigrated from Cuba in 1957 – Cruz doesn’t sound smart, just scary.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cruz blamed the crisis on “the failures of (President Barack Obama’s) immigration policy and his lawlessness.”

The president’s immigration policy has caused the deportation of 2 million people. You don’t get much more law-and-order than that.

On “Fox News Sunday,” Cruz accused Democrats of “holding these kids ransom” to pass a Senate immigration bill that he called “one of the causes of this problem.” He said kids are coming “because they believe they will get amnesty.”

The Senate bill would grant legal status to about half of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States – but doesn’t cover new arrivals.

It’s true that many of the children told authorities that they thought they would get a “permiso” (permit) to stay in the United States. The White House insists that smuggling cartels planted the rumor to gin up business. By charging about $8,000 per child to transport at least 57,000 kids across the border, smugglers could have conceivably earned more than $450 million.

Cruz isn’t blaming the cartels. He’s blaming Obama. However, my sources familiar with the border crisis say that some kids claim the rumor was that “Congress” had passed an amnesty. So why isn’t Cruz blaming House Speaker John Boehner?

In trying to solve the border crisis, the senator mixes together three unrelated things: the DREAM Act, which offered undocumented youth legal status if they went to college or joined the military and which was defeated in December 2010; a 2008 anti-human trafficking law, signed by President George W. Bush, that lets undocumented minors from Central America live with relatives in the United States while awaiting a hearing; and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a 2012 policy change by the Department of Homeland Security that lets undocumented youth brought here as children avoid deportation and apply for work permits. DACA, like the Senate bill, would not apply to the child refugees.

It’s apples, oranges and bananas. Yet for conservatives, it’s all one anarchic fruit salad.

Veering off course, Cruz has introduced bills that would prevent the Obama administration from expanding DACA, change the 2008 anti-human trafficking law, provide resources for state and local governments, and empower border states to send the National Guard to the border.

Seriously? So the way to get children to stop coming here is to punish 20-somethings who have been here for years?

Behold the Republican agenda. They never liked DACA, and they’re opportunistically using the border crisis as an excuse to kill it.

Yet, those dots don’t connect. Check the timeline. Texas Gov. Rick Perry claims that he sent Obama a letter warning about a larger-than-normal flow of Central American minors coming across the U.S.-Mexico border back in May 2012. But that was a month before DACA was unveiled.

So the kids were coming – before the change in policy that Cruz insists promoted them to come.

The senator’s fast-and-loose approach to the immigration issue will hurt him if he runs for president. A Hispanic Republican strategist recently told me that, as badly as the GOP has done with Hispanics in recent elections, it could do more poorly in 2016 if Cruz is the nominee.

Mitt Romney got 27 percent of the Latino vote in 2012.

“If Ted is the nominee,” the strategist predicted, “he’ll get even less of the Hispanic vote than Romney got.”

This sounds about right. The low-water mark for Republicans is Bob Dole, who in 1996 got a paltry 21 percent of the Latino vote. Cruz could do worse. Whereas Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could make inroads with Latino voters, Cruz would probably end up roadkill.

As someone whose community has entered the United States on a red carpet thanks to that Cold War relic known as the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, Cruz ought to tread lightly with immigrants and refugees.

Instead, he comes across as Cuban-American royalty telling less worthy peasants from Mexico and Central America to eat flan.

Ruben Navarrette is a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. Reach him at [email protected]

Ruben Navarrette

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 8 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • DanielJuly 31, 2014 - 7:06 am

    We can't afford to parent, raise and support other countries children. Those countries parents and government need to learn when they have kids it's a parents and that countries duty to support and raise them and nit foreigners

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • patrickJuly 31, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    RUBEN ---One question. Where did this illegals get $8,000 to pay the smugglers?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • You're out.....July 31, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    Way to deflect, Rueben--calling them refugees instead of illegals. Strike one. Next, calling Obama's deportation of 2 million illegals as law and order is because of what's on the books now, not what he has decided on his own to enforce, such as DACA and whatnot. Those were his policies. Strike two. You say Gov. Perry sent a letter to the president a month before DACA went into effect, warning about the kids coming. However you forget to mention that in the previous year, Obama had been directing various federal agencies to advertise benefits for those that get to the country and have relatives here. Strike three. After reading your column for the last several months, I'm amazed that you're still picked up in papers, or maybe it's the publishers that don't bother fact checking..... Now we know why it's the lame stream media.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • M. QuesadaJuly 31, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    It is obvious that the author here is sympathizing with this group because he himself probably fits that demographic. It appears he too is clueless about what's really going on in the border. The bottom line is that these illegals broke the law and should be dealt with according to whatever the intended official practice is. Perhaps he should open his home and wallet up to take care of these people. Confuse a liberal, use common sense and logic.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • patrickJuly 31, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    " Confuse a liberal, use common sense and logic." ------------- M QUESDSA obama minions lack common sense and logic. THEY SIMPLY FOLLOW.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJuly 31, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Patrick, I'm going out on a limb here but you don't exactly appear to have a grasp of common sense and logic? Maybe a lean to the left will help correct that problem.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JimboJuly 31, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    It apparently thinks 5 year olds at the border are what is wrong with 'merika.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JimboJuly 31, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    He and that Palin need to go get a freaking job and stop being the sponges to society that they are.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Peace and patience: Quilters gear up for show

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
School bands compete in Pageantry on Parade

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Calling someone a ‘smoker’ is hilarious

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

Conservancy plans next Quail Ridge Reserve walk

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Police seek suspect in armed robbery

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3, 3 Comments

 
4-H Presentation Day brings fun, education to Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
The agony of the codling moth, ecstasy of worm-free apples

By Christine Macgenn | From Page: C4

 
What you eat can affect your medications

By Marilyn Ranson | From Page: C4

Tri-City NAACP honors community members at gala event

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
CAASC 18th Annual Chinese New Year and Scholarship Celebration

By Steve Reczkowski | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Rollover in Suisun City

By Aaron Rosenblatt | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

State schedules ramp closure at freeway project site

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
Appointments on tap for Board of Supervisors meet

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

 
NY, SF town house prices through the roof

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7

 
Fairfield police log: Feb. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Suisun City police log: Feb. 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Airmen with local ties finish basic training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

 
Force draws many from South, middle class

By Tom Philpott | From Page: B10

.

US / World

Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
US missionary abducted in Nigeria is courageous, friends say

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

Dress that ‘greatly resembles’ stolen Nyong’o gown found

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Weekend storm drops snow, rain, hail in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Churches, synagogues, mosques bear tough New England winter

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Hyundai recalls 263,000 cars due to power-steering problem

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Blind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in the cold

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Details about proposed national monuments in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
National monument supporters in California get antsy

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

US drone strike in Yemen kills 3 suspected al-Qaida fighters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Attacks kill 37 people in and north of Iraq’s capital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Nemtsov a possible ‘sacrificial victim,’ investigators say

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

Sound off for March 1, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
New school funding plan remains on bumpy path

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

 
Even Gruber deserves a break sometimes

By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

I might just vote for a Democrat next time around

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 8 Comments

 
Aging Fairfield housing agency faltering

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Editorial Cartoon: March 1, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 1, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

With numbers falling, Houston-area nuns’ future uncertain

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Horoscopes: March 1, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

Kidney Walk participation helped give me a positive outlook on life

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

 
.

Entertainment

Take a look – Dr. Seuss has a new book

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Publisher launches line of Warhol e-books

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Q&A: Opera star Deborah Voigt writes of turbulent life

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2Comments are off for this post

 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ has realistic plot

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2Comments are off for this post

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Vikings girls looking for first section title

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Local Report: Vaca’s Aquino wins Masters wrestling title

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

Phegley hopes his style will catch on in Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Environmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Hamilton hones Mercedes with fastest time at F1 testing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Anthony Mason, rugged forward of 1990s Knicks, dies at 48

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Warriors center Festus Ezeli suspended for a game

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Reichelt leads Austrian World Cup downhill sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Players’ union head: future spring games in Cuba possible

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Harrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Defending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Harvick wins Xfinity race at Atlanta for 3rd year in a row

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

For many in US, cash saved at gas pump is staying in pockets

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Nevada casinos keep $953.7 million in winnings in January

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Greek prime minister rules out third bailout

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9Comments are off for this post

Recalls this week: hand trucks, ceiling fans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

 
Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Thomas Browning

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Leah E. Hoffman

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

John W. Van Wart

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Virgil Albert Hanson

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

.

Comics