Opinion / Politics

Ted Cruz Backs Deportation of Illegals—Smart or Bad Move?

Jedidiah on Ted CruzThis week, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz clearly backed the deportation of illegal immigrants in the country. The polling on this issue has been mixed. Take a look at two examples…

August 2015, Investor’s Business Daily:

The latest IBD/TIPP Poll asked 913 adults coast to coast if they “support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S.” Not surprisingly, 87% of Trump supporters back the proposal.

What’s surprising is that 59% of the overall public does as well. Mandatory deportation gets majority support in all age groups except 18-24, every income group, among both women and men, at every level of educational achievement, and in rural, urban and suburban regions.

More interesting still is the fact that 64% of independents and 55% of moderates support deportation.

August 2015, Pew Research Center:

In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May, a solid majority (72%) of Americans – including 80% of Democrats, 76% of independents and 56% of Republicans – say undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in this country legally if they meet certain requirements. Last year, we asked a follow-up question of those who opposed granting legal status to undocumented immigrants: Should there be a “national law enforcement effort to deport” all immigrants here illegally? Just 17% of the public overall favored such an effort, including about a quarter (27%) of Republicans.

Is this deportation position a wise one for Cruz in the GOP primary? What about as a general election strategy? Clearly Cruz is trying to grab the microphone from Donald Trump right now, but is that the right approach? Tweet me @JedediahBila and tell me what you think.

Jedediah Bila is a TV host and commentator, author, columnist, and former professor and academic dean. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.


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Gerr;yLynn
5 years ago

Whose cool aid are you drinking? Cruz is a solid conservative. Look up Tim Huelskamp at http://www.helskamp.house.gov. He has nothing but good to say about Ted Cruz. You need to reach out to other conservative commentaries. You’re being brainwashed!!

Mary b
5 years ago

Cruz has said repeatedly that the laws needs to be enforced. As this pertains to illegals, enforce the law, let ICE do their job. Trump talks a good game but don’t count on him to keep his word. Cruz has proven his word will be kept even before he came under public scrutiny.

waterchristianstore.com
5 years ago

Nothing would get done with Cruz because nobody in Congress likes him, he doesn’t have the skills to get along with people. The American people would not get any help.

Gerr;yLynn
5 years ago

Whose cool aid are you drinking? Cruz is a solid conservative. Look up Tim Huelskamp at http://www.helskamp.house.gov. He has nothing but good to say about Ted Cruz. You need to reach out to other conservative commentaries. You’re being brainwashed!!

Thomas E Stanley
5 years ago
Reply to  Gerr;yLynn

Cruz is a a solid liar. Cruz is anti-american just like the GOP. Cruz, Rubio and Kasich are defenders up to a point. Up till their own wishes come into play. When Trump interferes with their bequeath for power the American People mean about as much to them as they do to Hilary.
Maybe you are not American tough, so I cannot expect you to believe as one.

Thomas E Stanley
5 years ago

And he will never develop those skills. Trump 2016

waterchristianstore.com
5 years ago

Donald Trump is our President!!

Thomas E Stanley
5 years ago

Given there are no unusual occurrences, I do think he will be such.
And I do think that quality people will be appointed around him. From there we may be seeing the next president. Trained in the growth of this country, educated in the workings of this county, with new drive and vigor to take us on 8 ore years and beyond!
I just know that the Communist/Socialist path will be destroyed.
But never forget Obama, remember him as a shining example of what not to be – to be destroyed.

Kathryn B. F.
5 years ago

As a Trump supporter, the other candidates opinions don’t matter to me. But, that said, I am all for deportation of all illegal immigrants, no matter where they are from. I want to see all refugees refused entry into the country indefinitely.

Thomas E Stanley
5 years ago
Reply to  Kathryn B. F.

Unless they have a job and a place to live already

Terry Dillon
5 years ago

Reference Our Constitution, Article 1, Section 6 (14).
I have sent email after email through the last three Presidential elections and Two Governors, and never received a response or heard it addressed in public yet.
That being, the above Article. It makes absolutely no sense for the Federal Government to pay congressional salaries. I say this from what I believe is a simple fact.

This Article is like hiring someone to go and negotiate the Best Contract I can get for me and then I say, OH, by the way, the fellow your are negotiating with will be paying all of your expenses, and your wages while you are negotiating. What in the heck would one expect?
I believe that if we, elect and send a Senator or Congress Man/Woman, in order to insure the best representation for the State, the elected party should be paid by the State that elected him/her, and approve and pay that person’s budget.
This should insure that the party elected is every day accountable to the Parties that elected them.
I also think that we would see a more than significant reduction in both the Federal Budget as well as a dramatic improvement of representation as the Employee is actually being paid by the Employer.

I will close by saying that, to me, it only makes sense and establishes a Direct path to insuring that each House or Senate member with be directly accountable to the Elector, rather than the Federal Government or themselves.

PaulE
5 years ago

Yes, it is a wise choice. No other major industrialized country on this planet allows for this type of essentially open borders policy followed by access to numerous public assistance programs. It is not a sustainable economic model and will eventually lead to the economic collapse of this nation. We can not and should not be viewed as the dumping ground for the world’s illiterate, unskilled or criminal populations. No matter what the bleeding-heart liberals want to believe. Try to illegally walk into Mexico or any of the South American countries and see what happens to you. You will not be welcomed with open arms, various forms of public assistance and access to a full-range of public services. You will find yourself arrested and either jailed and deported or simply deported. The same outcome exists elsewhere.

BobN.
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE.
Couldn’t have said it better. Only wish we could open the minds of the young to see what is being done to this country by the liberals.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  BobN.

If more parents had taken an active role in their children’s education over the decades, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today. Too many parents took the view that the education of their child was strictly the school’s job. The parents either didn’t feel they had to be part of the education process in any way or had other priorities they preferred to engage in. I’m not talking about home schooling here. I’m talking about bothering to take an active interest in what their kids were being taught each and every day. Most parents simply turned their children over to the progressive establishment to indoctrinate in the wonders of socialism and the progressives did their job quite well. They filled their kid’s minds with all the garbage of socialism is good and capitalism is bad. That America is the root of all the world’s evils. That we need to atone for everything and anything the left could dream up, because America was fundamentally flawed for not being a socialist nation. Most parents never bothered to review what their kids were learning in school. They never bothered to look through the school books given their kids to see what was being taught or what was being excluded. They never bothered to attend PTA meetings to get a sense of what the teacher’s views were and how those views might be influencing their child’s view of the world. In short, a very hands-off approach to making sure their children were getting a proper education. That hands-off approach does have a very real consequence as we are now witnessing the beginning of the final decline for our nation as young people all rally around the socialist nonsense of “social justice”, “equal outcomes”, economic justice” and political correctness.

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