According To Slate, “Ted Cruz May Be The Most Gifted Liar Ever To Run For President”

William Saletan of Slate writes that “Ted Cruz is the only true conservative running for president. That’s the message of his campaign: He’s the only senator who stood and fought against amnesty, Obamacare, and Planned Parenthood. His finest hour was the defeat of immigration reform three years ago. Democrats wanted to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Cruz said no. He took on the establishment and won. It’s a good story, and the immigration fight tells us a lot about Cruz. But the fight didn’t happen the way he says it did. Cruz didn’t marshal the opposition or even take a firm stand. He’s a lawyer, not a leader. He chose his words exquisitely so that down the road—say, in a future campaign for president—he could position himself on either side of the immigration debate. And he delivered, with angelic piety, speeches that he now claims were lies. Cruz told his version of the story last month at a campaign debate in Las Vegas. The “battle over amnesty,” he said, was “a time for choosing.” In that battle, Cruz stood with Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to secure the border. Sen. Marco Rubio, Cruz’s Republican presidential rival, stood on the other side, colluding with Democrats to push “a massive amnesty plan.” “I have never supported legalization,” Cruz told the debate audience. In fact, he asserted, “I led the fight against [Rubio’s] legalization and amnesty.” I’ve studied nearly every word Cruz uttered during the immigration showdown. I’ve put it together in a timeline that runs from January 2013, when Cruz was sworn in, to the end of June 2013, when the Senate passed the bill. The timeline, which you can read here, shreds Cruz’s mythical account. But it also paints an unsparing portrait of how Cruz—who has now clawed his way to the front of the Republican presidential pack—thinks and operates. Here’s what really happened and who Cruz really is. In January 2013, when Cruz entered the Senate, he held the same view he espouses today. The proper way to deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country, he said, was to “enforce the laws.” That meant barring them from employment and deporting them. Democrats wanted to offer these people a legal route to stay and earn U.S. citizenship. Cruz opposed that idea. Such a concession, he argued, would reward lawbreakers and punish honest people who were waiting to immigrate legally. In late January, a bipartisan group of eight senators—four Democrats and four Republicans, including Rubio—issued an immigration reform proposal that included a path to citizenship. Cruz could have ruled that provision out, but he didn’t. For months, he expressed “deep concerns” about it but made no commitment. He cautioned that a path to citizenship would alienate many Republicans. But when reporters asked Cruz the yes-or-no question—“Would you vote against anything that has a path to citizenship?”—he refused to answer. One plausible reason for Cruz’s reticence was that he wanted changes in immigration policy. He favored tighter borders, better enforcement, and an easier process for law-abiding applicants. He might be able to get those things in a deal. Furthermore, a path to citizenship was popular. In polls, more than 60 percent of Americans endorsed the idea, depending on how the question was phrased. Even self-identified Republicans supported it. So politics and policy told Cruz to keep his options open. But principle—fairness to legal immigrants and respect for the rule of law—stood in the way. Cruz was in a tough spot. But there was a way out: Undocumented immigrants could be offered something less than citizenship. They could...

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Hillary: Raids Not an ‘Appropriate Tool to Enforce the Immigration Laws’

CSN News Reports that Hillary Clinton says “no,” she is not going to be the next deporter-in-chief, a nickname given to President Obama by a Latino group that opposes deportations. The issue came to a head over the holidays, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement began rounding up and deporting adults with children who entered this country illegally after May 2014. “This should come as no surprise,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. “I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed.” The raids prompted outrage among some Democrats and their Hispanic allies. “I have come out against the raids,” Clinton told Fusion Monday night. “I do not think the raids are an appropriate tool to enforce the immigration laws. In fact, I think they are divisive, they are sowing discord and fear....

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Greater New Haven scenes play role in new video that appeals to Obama to halt deportations

The New Haven Register reported the following: A video showing immigrants at work and with their families, part of an appeal to the Obama administration to halt deportations, features scenes and faces that will be familiar to residents of Greater New Haven. Kica Matos, director of immigrant rights and racial justice at the Center for Community Change, and media consultant Frank Chi, put the piece together originally to counter the harsh references to immigrants made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. She said Chi’s video will now serve the purpose of rallying advocates to stop the administration from targeting the last big wave of immigrants, many of them women and children, who came here in summer of2014 to escape the violence in Central America. In “Felipe’s Letter,” U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago, can be heard reciting parts of a letter written by Felipe Montes to his three young sons, who were left behind when he was picked up by Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials in North Carolina on traffic violations and deported in 2010. “The best memory that I have in my life is being with you and your mother,” Montes wrote to them. “I never wanted to leave you,” he said, explaining what happens when you don’t have the correct immigration papers. As the narrative continues there are scenes of immigrants in New Haven at Diner 91 on Middletown Avenue, at a bus stop at Grand Avenue and Ferry Street; wiring money home at a mom and pop store on Ferry Street, as well as children playing at a Wilbur Cross High School basketball court. The day care sequence was shot at El Buen Camino in West Haven, while the workers in a restaurant were at Lao Sze Chuan in Milford. “I want to see you become good men, good people. That’s what I want for you — the best in the world,” Montes wrote. “I love you and my family before and after anything else. My family is my life.” There was much press coverage of Montes’ case when his wife was unable to care for the children and North Carolina moved to take away Montes’ parental rights and keep his American citizen children in foster care. Montes didn’t see his children for two years, but a judge ultimately granted him custody and the children, ages 7, 5 and 4, now live with him in Mexico. Matos said more than 2 million undocumented immigrants have been deported since 2009. “Deportation has a devastating impact on kids who end up in foster care situations,” she said. The civil rights activist said Montes’ case “speaks to the real pain of family separation.” Matos said the scenes in the video are of real people living their lives here who agreed to be filmed when approached by Matos, Chi and John Lugo of Unidad Latina en Accion, who heads a local advocacy organization. “We are using it (Montes’ story) as a portal to show what immigrants lives are like. There is no unique concept,” Chi said. He said the media will often talk in abstractions, while he criticized Trump for “demonizing” immigrants. “We are responding to hate with love,” Chi said. The film maker was critical of President Barack Obama for failing to advance immigration reform generally and “for going through his seven years in office and barely mentioning immigration,” referring to his State of the Union address. He said they wanted to bring the lives of immigrants back into focus. “Felipe’s Letter” will appear in English and Spanish in the Reform Immigration for America Facebook page on Thursday. Viewers will be asked to call the White House to urge the president...

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Immigration Reform News: John Kerry Announces Plans to Expand Refugee Program

The Latin Post reports that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in a speech Wednesday plans for the United States to expand the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program to help thousands of Central Americans who have illegally crossed the border in a desperate attempt to escape ongoing violence. While making an address at the National Defense University, Kerry argued that it is in the American DNA to help people fleeing chaos in countries like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. “That is who we are, that is what we do,” Kerry said, according to NBC News. “The refugee crisis is not just a Syrian issue.” He added that helping the refuges is a global challenge that “tests our values, our self-confidence in our very humanity.” According to Kerry, the refugee program will be expanded in order to provide Central American refugees with “a safe and legal alternative to the dangerous journey many are currently tempted to begin, making them easy prey for human smugglers who have no interest but their own profits,” reports Reuters. He also said that the federal government will offer refugee protection, especially to those targeted by criminal gangs and human rights activists, by working with the United Nations and non-profit organizations. “We also continue to explore additional options, including for those who may be at imminent risk of harm,” Kerry said. As of now, the U.S. operates nine centers around the world, although only one is located in the Western hemisphere. Kerry did not specify whether the United States would send government workers to the center in Quito, Ecuador or open additional centers. The announcement follows backlash from immigration activists and Democratic presidential candidates who urged the Department of Homeland Security to halt its reported plan to conduct deportation raids on Central American families. According to The Washington Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning to deport immigrants who illegally entered the U.S. during a surge in border crossings in 2014....

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U.S. Decries Rising Violence in Central America But Will Continue Deportations

The Centre Daily times reported that “The United States is growing increasingly concerned about rising violence in Central America even as it launches a large-scale effort to round up Central American families and deport them to their home countries. Twice in recent days, senior U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday, have listed Central America as an area of concern for the coming year, and on Monday, the U.S. suspended the Peace Corps program in El Salvador, citing security concerns. On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States has asked the United Nations to set up refugee screening centers in Central America and will expand the refugee program it offers vulnerable migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Kerry called the plan for U.N. screening in Central America a “safe and legal alternative” to the “dangerous journey many are currently tempted to begin” on their way to the United States. Read more here:...

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Rand Paul on Cruz: He wants to Have it Both Ways on Immigration

According to CNN, “Rand Paul piled on Ted Cruz over immigration Sunday, saying his Republican presidential rival “should just admit that he changed his mind.” The Kentucky senator expanded his critique of Cruz, accusing him of flip-flopping on trade and U.S. government surveillance, too, in an interview Sunday with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “I think on a number of issues, he wants to have it both ways, depending on which audience he’s talking to,” Paul said of Cruz. It’s the latest sign that Cruz’s Republican presidential rivals sense his vulnerability on the issue, and comes just days after Marco Rubio attacked Cruz in the fifth GOP presidential debate. Related: Jeb Bush blasts Ted Cruz over immigration, Syria At issue is an amendment Cruz pushed to a Rubio-backed immigration reform bill in 2013 that would have stripped out a portion of the measure to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. The proposal would have replaced it with one that offered those immigrants legal status within the United States. Cruz has defended that move, calling it a poison pill designed to sink the bill by forcing Democrats into an awkward position. The Texas senator has said he doesn’t support a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants now. But Paul said Cruz is trying to obscure his own history. “That’s what Cruz was for. He’s been explicit about it. And now he says never, and he never did it,” Paul said. “I think he should just admit that he changed his mind — that he used to be for legalization but he’s not anymore.” For full article read more here:...

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