Ted Cruz may be an academic brainiac, and a successful politician at representing the ultra wealthy, but when it comes time for government to perform, he is a strikeout. Congressional dysfunction lies at his feet.
Cruz’s argument for not passing DHS funding that strips away the amnesty provisions of the Obama executive order is that it is in court on appeal. DHS funding isn’t in court on appeal, just the executive order. DHS is a department with critical responsibilities to protect America. That must be funded and it will be funded.
Just remember the Senator from Canada who terrorized the nation with radical right-wing conservative disruption of the American legislative process.
If Ted Cruz is so smart, let’s see him contribute to the argument that will win the amnesty case in favor of the prosecution. Guess what? Ted Cruz will lose that one too. Ted Cruz is a loser for most Americans as the nation’s voters are not right wing zealots.
Instead, Americans are compassionate souls.
Make no mistake, immigration reform is essential. That is what Congress must address. The barn door was left open in the past to illegal entry and it is hardly shut. Past administrations and Congress for 25 years have failed to adequately manage immigration. Fix it Speaker Boehner and Leader Mitch McConnell as if your statesmanship is at stake.
Before you know it, Ted Cruz will land a job on K-Street where he belongs, that is if he doesn’t burn too many bridges. If he does, he can pull out that dual passport and head back north.
“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said this week that, if Republicans hold firm, Democrats will be blamed for the DHS shutdown.
“That amnesty program has now been declared illegal by a federal court, and so Senate Democrats should look very closely at this opinion and decide if they are willing to jeopardize national security, which is both reckless and irresponsible in order to try to hold DHS funding hostage,” Cruz said.
Aguilar, for one, thinks that strategy is “reckless,” saying Cruz and others threatening a shutdown “are a menace to the legislative process.”
“They’re politically tone-deaf,” said Aguilar, an opponent of Obama’s executive actions who now leads the American Principles in Action’s Latino Partnership. “Let the courts take care of the president’s actions, and let the Congress focus on [immigration reform] legislation.”
Democrats, meanwhile, have had a much easier role in the debate. They’ve defended Obama’s executive actions from the start and have been only too happy to highlight the Republican infighting on a topic that has long-divided the GOP.
“They are home and getting an earful about how irresponsible it is to not to fund homeland security,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee. “To defund DHS, with all that we are seeing in Europe and the Middle East, is just plain reckless.””