Ted Cruz working on bill that would repeal Obama’s 2012 amnesty for DREAMers; Update: Or would it?

posted at 11:21 am on July 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

Actually, per Breitbart, he’s working on two bills. One would repeal DACA, Obama’s 2012 executive order that suspended deportations for qualifying young illegals. The other, a more urgent priority, would block Obama from expanding DACA. That means no executive amnesty for the Central American children who’ve come here recently (although they could, I assume, still be allowed to stay under asylum laws) and, maybe, no executive amnesty for the five million adult illegals whom O has promised immigration activists he’ll help.

Given the post-Romney terror within the GOP leadership over being demagogued as anti-Latino, I wonder if the bills will get more flack from Democrats or from Republicans.

“No legislation [to solve the border crisis] should be considered unless it specifically prohibits Obama from expanding” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), “which allows those who have come here illegally to stay,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told Breitbart News. “That should be a prerequisite for any bill considered to address this crisis.”

Frazier also told Breitbart News that Cruz is working on a bill on the matter that aims to end DACA altogether.

Cruz’s stand would appear to exclude support for a bill offered by his Texas colleagues Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate Minority Whip, and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and House officials crafting the GOP bill in the lower chamber have not discussed any provisions related to reigning in DACA.

Simple logic. If DACA and the prospect of “permiso” it raises for illegal immigrant children are encouraging people to come then it’s time to take away that incentive. And it is an incentive: Politico notes that Susan Collins made a presentation at a GOP Senate lunch recently showing that apprehensions of young illegals at the border have more than doubled since Obama issued DACA in 2012, circumstantial evidence that more kids are coming now that word’s gotten out that the president’s not a stickler about sending young illegals home. Are Senate Republicans willing to join Cruz in pounding the table about DACA, though, or is the thought of DNC attack ads accusing them of hating children too worrisome? It would be … odd for the leadership to have spent the last 18 months flirting with comprehensive immigration reform in hopes of building goodwill with Latinos only to turn around now and back Cruz on undoing Obama’s kids amnesty. The politics of all this haven’t changed that much. Or have they?

Some Republicans grumble to Politico that fighting over DACA now will only make it harder to pass funding for more security to handle the border crisis. But that funding is already blocked thanks to Democrats like Reid and Pelosi, remember? The emerging Democratic line in Congress is that they won’t support any bill that makes it easier to deport kids who’ve arrived here recently. The “GOP hates kids” demagoguery is too precious to them; they won’t give it up for something as trivial as a deterrent to illegal immigration. Why would a party that favors open borders do that? So either the GOP’s going to cave and pass a “clean” funding bill, with no provisions in it a la Cornyn/Cuellar that would expedite deportations of young illegals, or they might as well go all in and have a big fight with Democrats over DACA. I sure hope it’s the latter, not just because this incentive to border-crossing needs to be lifted but because I’m dying to see how many 2016 Republican hopefuls follow Cruz’s lead in opposing amnesty for DREAMers. Cruz can get away with it because, if he runs, it’ll be as a stalwart tea-party conservative. Everyone else in the field will be running to various degrees to his left, which means they’re stuck between alienating centrists by backing Cruz here or alienating righties by opposing him. Which, of course, is exactly what Cruz wants. He’s seizing a potential litmus-test issue in the primary and forcing his competition to choke on it.

And yet, I’m a little surprised that Cruz himself is willing to come out against DACA. He hasn’t taken a “send ‘em all home” hard line as a senator. He’s against a path to citizenship but has made occasional approving noises about legalization. Even he, I suspect, by and large accepts the CW that Republicans need to do better at winning over Latinos. The fact that he wants to nuke DACA makes me wonder if he’s planning to soften this blow somehow, maybe by endorsing some sort of legislative fix for DREAMers down the road after the border crisis has eased, or if he’s calculated that the politics of immigration have shifted so sharply and irretrievably from all this that there are now potentially more votes to be had from being a stalwart border hawk than from pandering to Latino voters with various forms of amnesty. Hope he knows what he’s doing.

Update: Cruz’s office e-mails to say that they’re focused first and foremost on stopping DACA. What happens to DREAMers currently covered by the policy will be handled later; right now, the most important thing is to remove the incentive for further illegal immigration by ending the policy. Especially at a moment when Obama’s talking about expanding it to adult illegals.

Update: Yep, looks like my headline here is wrong. Cruz wants to end DACA — but not repeal it.

“We want to stop any more people from getting deferred action under DACA and we want to stop the president from being able to expand it as we have heard he wants to do,” spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told National Review Online.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) accused Cruz of attempting to deport the people who have already passed through the DACA program, but this bill does not do that.

“Our bill doesn’t address people who have already received deferred action under DACA,” Frazier explained.

If you already qualify for amnesty under DACA, you get to keep your amnesty. This is all about ending eligibility for future illegals, not taking it away from people who already have it. That makes sense in light of what I said above. Cruz wants to show that he’s tougher on illegal immigration than his GOP rivals but not so tough that he’s a punching bag for “YOU HATE CHILDREN!” attacks from the left. He’s willing to let children currently involved in the program keep their eligibility. Which makes this a miniature version of comprehensive immigration reform: So long as future waves of illegals are turned away, the ones who are already here enjoy legalization.


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Cruz should mobilize the blacks, legal minorities, the middle class, the poor class, the taxpayers. All are hurt by the illegal invasion.

Go popular and you can pitchfork all, politically.

The populace is enraged by the injustice of not having jobs and footing the bill for the big pockets of the D/Rs in DC.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Save this, refresh often, and send to all you know.

Participate, if you can.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Neither bill has a sliver of a chance to get out of the Senate. Cruz is just positioning himself as a champion of the Right. Whether it is for this presidential run or the next, or perhaps to serve in the Senate as anti-Ted Kennedy, I do not know. In any case, it’s Kabuki.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Breaking News:

Airliner shot down over Ukraine/Russian border by the Russians. 295 people on board.

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Lamar Alexander, for amnesty voter, is in trouble. Laura Ingraham is hammering him.

Cantorize all who are amenesty traitors and shills for the Land of Men.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

obama just upped ‘sanctions’ against Russia, yesterday.

“The world is way more tranquil under obama” — the new Baghdad Bobby

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Breaking News:

Airliner shot down over Ukraine/Russian border by the Russians. 295 people on board.

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The world is burning and we have an idiot in charge.

God help us all.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

I approve. Any Republican that does not support this bill is for a larger, socialist state with an imperial president. They do not and will not ever get my monetary support or my vote.

njrob on July 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Given the post-Romney terror within the GOP leadership over being demagogued as anti-Latino, I wonder if the bills will get more flack from Democrats or from Republicans.

I love the predicament both traitorous camps are in.

The populace is enraged, and this has just begun to be reported.

God bless Drudge.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

How do you “repeal” that which was never passed? I suppose you could attach the postscript “and we really mean it this time!”

Fenris on July 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Medical breakdown at the VA border:

The federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the children before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country, ABC News has learned.

The director of refugee health in the federal Health and Human Services Department “has identified a breakdown of the medical screening processes at the Nogales, Arizona, facility,” according to an internal Department of Defense memo reviewed by ABC News. The “breakdown” a systemic failure of the handoff of these children between CBP and HHS.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/07/exclusive-feds-struggling-to-cope-with-medical-breakdown-at-the-border/

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

illegal immigrant children

They are not “immigrants”. That denotes legality. They are invaders, law breakers, per statute “illegal aliens” and usurpers.

Thankfully AllahP is the only HA editor who’s not for amnesty.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Breaking News:

Airliner shot down over Ukraine/Russian border by the Russians. 295 people on board.

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Oh boy, one of my sons friends is visiting Ukraine. He was born there, I hope he was not on board.

redguy on July 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The world is burning and we have an idiot in charge.

God help us all.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Is Obama in charge? I couldn’t tell. Seriously, I think he just surrounds himself with donors and dunces, then he signs and reads whatever they put in front of him.

Fenris on July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Breaking News:

Airliner shot down over Ukraine/Russian border by the Russians. 295 people on board.

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s a fighter jet. Where did you get the passenger count?! Please attach a link.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

It would be … odd for the leadership to have spent the last 18 months flirting with comprehensive immigration reform in hopes of building goodwill with Latinos only to turn around now and back Cruz on undoing Obama’s kids amnesty. The politics of all this haven’t changed that much. Or have they?

Two things, the Rs don’t give a damn about the Latino vote. They’d rather be in the minority than not be in DC, pockets stuffed by the billionaires who like cheap slave-labor.

Two, the politics have changed. The people, incl. indies and Ds, are enraged over this. Only the marxists are not.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

The Ukrainian government said on Thursday that a Russian military plane had shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace the previous evening, a serious allegation of direct intervention by Russia’s armed forces.

If confirmed, the confrontation would represent the first open and direct involvement by Russia’s military in eastern Ukraine since the separatist rebellion began there in April.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/18/world/europe/ukraine-says-russian-plane-shot-down-its-fighter-jet.html

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Everyone else in the field will be running to various degrees to his left, which means they’re stuck between alienating centrists by backing Cruz here or alienating righties by opposing him. Which, of course, is exactly what Cruz wants. He’s seizing a potential litmus-test issue in the primary and forcing his competition to choke on it.

:)

Make the rats vote.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

FX Reporting The Malaysian Boeing Was Shot Down By russian BUK Missile System

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

What will McCain call him now?

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The world is burning and we have an idiot in charge.

God help us all.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Not an idiot. Pyromaniac…

cozmo on July 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Breaking News:

Airliner shot down over Ukraine/Russian border by the Russians. 295 people on board.

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s a fighter jet. Where did you get the passenger count?! Please attach a link.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

FNC covering the story now – aircraft down is Malaysian Airlines 777 that was enroute from Amsterdam to KL. Per FNC ‘Interfax’ is reporting that the civilian airliner was shot down by Russia ‘at altitude’.

Still very early in story – lots of speculation, few real facts…

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Breaking News:

Airliner shot down over Ukraine/Russian border by the Russians. 295 people on board.

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

And it was a Malaysian airliner.

TarheelBen on July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

It’s a fighter jet. Where did you get the passenger count?! Please attach a link.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

zerohedge ‏@zerohedge 15m
MALAYSIAN AIRLINES CONFIRMS

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Even he, I suspect, by and large accepts the CW that Republicans need to do better at winning over Latinos. The fact that he wants to nuke DACA makes me wonder if he’s planning to soften this blow somehow, maybe by endorsing some sort of legislative fix for DREAMers down the road after the border crisis has eased, or if he’s calculated that the politics of immigration have shifted so sharply and irretrievably from all this that there are now potentially more votes to be had from being a stalwart border hawk than from pandering to Latino voters with various forms of amnesty. Hope he knows what he’s doing.

Legal Latinos are opposed to the illegalities.

Yes, the politics have shifted. All, except the far left, and the few so-called R billionaires and the traitors they fund, are for the Land of Men.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The 14th:

Ukraine’s top defense official said Monday that Russia may have shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, an action that would represent a dramatic new step in the months-long conflict that has engulfed eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian separatists immediately asserted responsibility for the downing of the An-26 plane over Luhansk, but Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Heletey said the aircraft had been flying too high for their shoulder-mounted rockets to reach it.

“The plane was downed by another, more powerful missile weapon that probably was used from the territory of the Russian Federation,” Heletey told President Petro Poroshenko, according to a statement on the president’s Web site. Russia did not comment on the accusation.

Ukrainian authorities said that the plane was flying at about 21,000 feet and that they believed it had been hit either by a powerful Pantsir surface-to-air missile or by an air-to-air homing missile fired by a fighter jet from Russia’s Millerovo air base, near the Ukrainian border, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Andriy Lysenko, told reporters in Kiev.

The crew managed to parachute out before the plane crashed, and all survived, Lysenko said. Four crew members were taken captive by rebels, Russia’s Interfax news service reported separatist leaders as saying.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-russia-growing-push-to-launch-strikes-on-ukraine-over-alleged-deadly-border-shelling/2014/07/14/ebf699cc-0b61-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Here

I give them more credit than the NYT any way. An SU-25 is NOT a fighter jet.

cozmo on July 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Link on the downed plane

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Malaysian Plane ‘Shot Down With 295 On Board’
A Boeing 777 travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur reportedly comes down in Ukraine, close to the Russian border.

http://news.sky.com/story/1302864/malaysian-plane-shot-down-with-295-on-board

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

FX Reporting The Malaysian Boeing Was Shot Down By russian BUK Missile System

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

It was shot over Ukraine, and it’s not the first civil airliner shot by Ukrainians. Of course, you can and will blame Putin for it.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I can’t tell the difference between Allahpundit and Noah Rothman. I thought they were like Clark Kent and Superman.

Of course, Cruz knows what he’s doing. If DACA is provoking a humanitarian crisis at our border, it needs to be repealed.

Our immigration processing is hopelessly backlogged with cases as it is. The border needs to be closed until the government figures out to do with the 20 million here illegally already. For most of them, send them back to their countries of origin to apply for legal immigration. If they have been working here illegally, fine their employer and make them cover their legal expenses and sponsor them. Maybe a guest worker arrangement can be made. Deport and permanently ban the criminals. As for children who were brought here illegally, screen them, too. Some can stay, but no blanket amnesty.

ezspirit on July 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

A Malaysian passenger plane with 295 people on board has been shot down as it flew above eastern Ukraine, according to aviation sources.

The plane, which is believed to have been flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was travelling at an altitude of 10km (6.2 miles) when it was shot down, Russia’s Inferfax reported.

It was brought down by a ground-to-air missile, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry quoted by the news agency said.

A spokesman for Malaysian Airlines confirmed “an incident” involving one of its flights and is expected to release a statement shortly.

The aircraft involved is believed to be a Boeing 777 with flight number MH17, which departed from Amsterdam at 12.14am local time.

Sky’s Katie Stallard, in Moscow, said media reports suggest the plane came down in an area where there has been recent heavy fighting amid continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Video apparently filmed in the area, which Sky News has not been able to independently verify, shows plumes of thick, black smoke rising high into the air.

http://news.sky.com/story/1302864/malaysian-plane-shot-down-with-295-on-board

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I give them more credit than the NYT any way. An SU-25 is NOT a fighter jet.

cozmo on July 17, 2014 at 11:39 AM

It is a military jet: http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/su25

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Feds Housing Illegal Immigrants In Their State…

Via Rasmussen:

[A]dvocates for the illegal immigrants argue that they are flooding into the country to escape violent situations in their home countries, but just 31% of U.S. voters think they are coming here now for their own safety. Most voters (52%) believe they are coming here for economic reasons. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who last week criticized efforts to deport these illegal immigrants, is now reportedly the latest governor to tell the White House not to house any of them in his state. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters disapprove of housing these illegal immigrants in their state. Only half as many (29%) approve, while 14% are undecided.

Voters are more uncertain, however, when it comes to the $3.7 billion in new spending that President Obama has asked for from Congress to deal with these new illegal immigrants. Twenty-six percent (26%) think Congress should approve the president’s request even if it does not provide for quicker deportation of these illegals, but 40% oppose approval if money for sped-up deportation is not included. One-in-three voters (34%) are not sure.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

…I wonder if the bills will get more flack from Democrats or from Republicans…

AP, sometimes I wish for a private message function here but you wrote flack when I believe you meant flak.

Flack vs. Flak

Drained Brain on July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Here’s the confusion, two planes were shut down.

This is the other one

A Malaysian passenger plane with 295 people on board has been shot down as it flew above eastern Ukraine, according to aviation sources.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with MH17 flight from Amsterdam over Ukrainian airspace with hundreds on board – @MAS

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down in Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday.

The Boeing 777 had 280 passengers and 15 crew members, Interfax reported citing an an aviation industry source.

The plane appears to have gone down in an area where the Ukrainian government has been fighting pro-Russian rebels.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/malaysian-airlines-plane-crashes-ukraine-russian-border-article-1.1870413

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Lots of fires in the world.

Martha’s Vineyard will be hot.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Interesting excerpt from a piece by Jason Riley in the WSJ a couple days ago. Apparently stoopid GWB effectively handled a similar situation in 2005 –

Border Lessons From Bush

….The U.S. faced a similar challenge in the mid-2000s, when border patrol was caught unawares by a surge of Brazilian illegals. The Bush administration determined that word had gotten back to Brazil that people apprehended at the border would be released and able to stay, so the Department of Homeland Security initiated an operation dubbed “Texas Hold ‘Em.”

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff explained the results during a Senate hearing in 2005. “We prioritized the existing space, dedicated bed space and began detaining and removing all of the illegal Brazilians we apprehended,” said Mr. Chertoff. “The word spread surprisingly swiftly; within its first thirty days, the operation had already begun to deter illegal border crossings by Brazilians. In fact, the number of Brazilians apprehended dropped by 50%. After 60 days, the rate of Brazilian illegal immigration through this sector was down 90%, and it is still significantly depressed all across the border. In short, we learned that a concentrated effort of removal can actually discourage illegal entries by non-Mexicans on the southwest border.”

If the Obama administration is serious about fixing the problem instead of using the issue to score political points, it will send the same message to Guatemala that the previous administration sent to Brazil. The sending countries are responding to incentives, so let’s put the right incentives in place.

Syzygy on July 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Even he, I suspect, by and large accepts the CW that Republicans need to do better at winning over Latinos.

Well, Cruz himself is Latino. Granted, he may not necessarily appeal to a broad spectrum of Hispanic voters. But it’s a little harder for his opponents to paint him as anti-Hispanic when he himself is Hispanic and has a recognizably Hispanic surname.

(Yes, his opponents may try to portray him as anti-Hispanic anyway — but it will be more difficult for them to do so compared to how they would portray a non-Hispanic Republican candidate.)

J.S.K. on July 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Most Voters Want to Send Latest Illegal Immigrants Home ASAP

Most voters don’t want any of the young illegal immigrants who’ve recently arrived here housed in their state and say any legislation passed by Congress to deal with the problem should focus on sending them home as soon as possible.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the primary focus of any new immigration legislation passed by Congress should be to send the young illegal immigrants back home as quickly as possible. Just 27% say it should focus instead on making it easier for these illegal immigrants to remain in the United States. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

“Боинг-777″ малайзийских авиалиний рухнул на территорию Украины недалеко от российской границы, сообщил “Интерфаксу” источник в авиационных кругах.

“Боинг” малайзийских авиалиний, выполнявший рейс Амстердам – Куала-Лумпур за 50 км до вхождения в воздушное пространство России, начал снижаться, впоследствии его обнаружили горящим на земле на территории Украины”, – сказал источник.

По данным источника, на борту находилось 280 пассажиров и 15 членов экипажа.

Российскую границу лайнер должен был пересечь примерно в 17:25 по Москве.

[Translation:
"Boing-777" malayziyskikh avialiniy rukhnul na territoriyu Ukrainy nedaleko ot rossiyskoy granitsy, soobshchil "Interfaksu" istochnik v aviatsionnykh krugakh.

"Boing" malayziyskikh avialiniy, vypolnyavshiy reys Amsterdam - Kuala-Lumpur za 50 km do vkhozhdeniya v vozdushnoye prostranstvo Rossii, nachal snizhat'sya, vposledstvii yego obnaruzhili goryashchim na zemle na territorii Ukrainy", - skazal istochnik.

Po dannym istochnika, na bortu nakhodilos' 280 passazhirov i 15 chlenov ekipazha.

Rossiyskuyu granitsu layner dolzhen byl peresech' primerno v 17:25 po Moskve.
Did you mean: "Боинг-777" малазийских авиалиний рухнул на территорию Украины недалеко от российской границы, сообщил "Интерфаксу" источник в авиационных кругах. "Боинг" малайзийских авиалиний, выполнявший рейс Амстердам - Куала-Лумпур за 50 км до вхождения в воздушное пространство России, начал снижаться, впоследствии его обнаружили горящим на земле на территории Украины", - сказал источник. По данным источника, на борту находилось 280 пассажиров и 15 членов экипажа. Российскую границу лайнер должен был пересечь примерно в 17:25 по Москве.
"Boeing 777" Malaysian airlines fell on the territory of Ukraine near the Russian border, "Interfax" a source in the aviation circles.

"Boeing" Malaysian airlines operate flights Amsterdam - Kuala Lumpur for 50 miles before entering the airspace of Russia, began to decline, he was subsequently found burning on the ground in Ukraine ", - said the source.

According to the source, on board were 280 passengers and 15 crew members.

Russian border liner had to cross at about 17:25 Moscow time.]

http://www.interfax.ru/world/386411

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Nero fiddled. Obama golfs.

kingsjester on July 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

No Shinola.

Anybody with an ounce of intelligence knows the SU-25 is an ATTACK aircraft. The old Soviet version of the A-10.

Heck, the NYT could have looked it up on Wiki and figured that out.

cozmo on July 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Even he, I suspect, by and large accepts the CW that Republicans need to do better at winning over Latinos.

I’m sure that Cruz, and other Republicans know that ‘winning over Latinos’ doesn’t include pandering to Latinos, particularly in the slobbering way that the Democrats are doing via their identity / victimization politics.

As noted before, among the strongest proponents for better border security and immigration enforcement are LEGAL immigrants – those who spent years / thousands of dollars to emigrate to the US legally. For those who followed the rules, they hold those who prefer to cut the line in contempt.

Athos on July 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Well, Cruz himself is Latino. Granted, he may not necessarily appeal to a broad spectrum of Hispanic voters. But it’s a little harder for his opponents to paint him as anti-Hispanic when he himself is Hispanic and has a recognizably Hispanic surname.

(Yes, his opponents may try to portray him as anti-Hispanic anyway — but it will be more difficult for them to do so compared to how they would portray a non-Hispanic Republican candidate.)

J.S.K. on July 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I keep expecting that lefty Hispanics will coin the term “Uncle Ted” to demonize Hispanics they deem traitors to them.

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

And here is the SOB slime Reid’s answer:
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/212544-reid-dreamers-are-here-legitimately

onlineanalyst on July 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

The world is burning and we have an idiot in charge.

He doesn’t care about foreign affairs. He is crushing America in front of your eyes. He is not an idiot. He hates the country.

alanstern on July 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Anybody with an ounce of intelligence knows the SU-25 is an ATTACK aircraft. The old Soviet version of the A-10.

Heck, the NYT could have looked it up on Wiki and figured that out.

cozmo on July 17, 2014 at 11:48 AM

We can argue semantics tell cows come home but the important point is that a) Russians shot down a Ukrainians military aircraft, b) Ukrainians retailated by shooting down a civil passenger aircraft that belonged to another country. That speaks a lot of one country’s intention and the other country’s intelligence, and I don’t mean military one.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Democrats will go for the jugular with Cruz, spreading rumors that he himself is an illegal, or at least not qualified to be president. They will demand to see him BC.

ezspirit on July 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I keep expecting that lefty Hispanics will coin the term “Uncle Ted” to demonize Hispanics they deem traitors to them.

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

That would be interesting. Uncle Ted’s is a very popular Chinese food restaurant in NYC.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

If it was Kabuki, John Boehner would be standing up.

Cruz is expending political capital in standing up, even if it doesn’t pass the next steps… at least he is standing for upholding the rule of law, even if others refuse to.

This is separating the wheat and chaff. Cruz is the wheat, others who stay silent and disregard their oath of office are useless and should be tossed away as good for nothing.

dominigan on July 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

That would be interesting. Uncle Ted’s is a very popular Chinese food restaurant in NYC.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I had to Google it. Lived here for 20 years, never heard of it. Under 100 Yelp reviews.

ezspirit on July 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Reports of Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014
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Editor’s note: The Ukrainian interior ministry adviser says 280 passengers and 15 crew members are dead in the reported Malaysia Airliner crash over Ukraine. Reports from Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia and media outlets are still very varied. – Aaron

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Lamar Alexander, for amnesty voter, is in trouble. Laura Ingraham is hammering him.

Cantorize all who are amenesty traitors and shills for the Land of Men.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Don’t get your hopes up. I live in Tennessee. Alexander has a huge campaign warchest and will use any tactic necessary to beat back Tea Party challenger Joe Carr. But, what the hey, we can still hope, right?

Bob Davis on July 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

An adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister says a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over a town in the east of the country.

Anton Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the Boeing 777 plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher.

CBS News had yet to confirm if the plane was shot down.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/07/17/ukraine-adviser-malaysian-airlines-jet-shot-down-by-missile-near-ukraine-russia-border/

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Don’t get your hopes up. I live in Tennessee. Alexander has a huge campaign warchest and will use any tactic necessary to beat back Tea Party challenger Joe Carr. But, what the hey, we can still hope, right?

Bob Davis on July 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Fight. Cantor had no clue he was going down.

Plus, times are different now.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Microsoft, who’s for amnesty, put 18,000 out of work today…how much do you want to bet that many will be replaced with cheaper foreign laborers, likely illegal?

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

The absolute best thing about Ted Cruz as a politician is that his first consideration is for the Country of the United States of America and the Constitution thereof. He is not operating on what someone else thinks his optics should be. He is the best-principled politician of either party and I will vote for him and for every other politician who has the principles and the guts to support him.

mbfoxtrot on July 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Microsoft, who’s for amnesty, put 18,000 out of work today…how much do you want to bet that many will be replaced with cheaper foreign laborers, likely illegal?

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Ah, but they will be new amnestized American foreign laborers!! Don’t have to outsource no more, bring the cheap foreign labor here!

mbfoxtrot on July 17, 2014 at 12:10 PM

And yet, I’m a little surprised that Cruz himself is willing to come out against DACA. He hasn’t taken a “send ‘em all home” hard line as a senator. He’s against a path to citizenship but has made occasional approving noises about legalization.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. The Republicans have repeatedly attacked Cruz in the pages of Politico and other political gossip rags for quietly sabotaging their efforts at amnesty behind the scenes and organizing opposition to it in the House.

It’s pretty clear for that all his “make nice” talk in public, Ted Cruz is working hard to frustrate the GOP leadership behind the scenes. I’m happy about it but most who like the GOP establishment won’t be.

Doomberg on July 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

And yet, I’m a little surprised that Cruz himself is willing to come out against DACA. He hasn’t taken a “send ‘em all home” hard line as a senator. He’s against a path to citizenship but has made occasional approving noises about legalization.

This shouldn’t be a surprise. The Republicans have repeatedly attacked Cruz in the pages of Politico and other political gossip rags for quietly sabotaging their efforts at amnesty behind the scenes and organizing opposition to it in the House.

It’s pretty clear for that all his “make nice” talk in public, Ted Cruz is working hard to frustrate the GOP leadership behind the scenes. I’m happy about it but most who like the GOP establishment won’t be.

Doomberg on July 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

This.

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Microsoft, who’s for amnesty, put 18,000 out of work today…how much do you want to bet that many will be replaced with cheaper foreign laborers, likely illegal?

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Microsoft, like most tech corps, are big on supporting the increase of H-1b work visas because they claim that they can’t find enough “qualified” Americans……..at the price they want to pay.

So, yes, I see more and cheaper foreign labor in Microsoft’s future, although not necessarily illegal, unless its employees they use in non-technical areas of the company, then perhaps.

hawkeye54 on July 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Smart move.

Unfortunately, Eric My People Holder will decline to investigate or prosecute.

How conveeeeeeeeeeeeinent.

Key West Reader on July 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

If Hispanic citizens(and I mean the ones here now)don’t like the fact that Republicans would(should)care about the national sovereignty of their country,and the economic impact on their children of these illegal leeches then let them vote for the socialist progressive pigs like most of them do anyway.This crisis requires courage and conviction not pusillanimous pandering!

redware on July 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This man needs to be President. He will be the Reagan to Obama’s Carter.

Ukiah on July 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Breaking News:
Airliner shot down over Ukraine/Russian border by the Russians. 295 people on board.

Oil Can on July 17, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s a fighter jet. Where did you get the passenger count?! Please attach a link.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The fighter jet being shot down was a different incident.

HiJack on July 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Ted Cruz working on bill that would repeal Obama’s 2012 amnesty for DREAMers

…SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!
…I have no faith in the states whose governors COULD call out THEIR National Guard…and have not!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

He won’t even get a majority of the Rollover Caucus in the Senate to vote for it, let alone the (D)’s.

Hopefully, in 2017 after he’s inaugurated, he can do something about it then.

Meople on July 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

J.S.K. on July 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I keep expecting that lefty Hispanics will coin the term “Uncle Ted” to demonize Hispanics they deem traitors to them.

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

They won’t be that original. They will be using Tio Thomaso (Uncle Tom). It’s been in play since his primary victory.

Rusty said…

A tio thomaso?
8/1/12, 10:43 AM

jffree1 on July 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM

The fact that [Cruz] wants to nuke DACA makes me wonder if he’s planning to soften this blow somehow, maybe by endorsing some sort of legislative fix for DREAMers down the road after the border crisis has eased, or if he’s calculated that the politics of immigration have shifted so sharply and irretrievably from all this that there are now potentially more votes to be had from being a stalwart border hawk than from pandering to Latino voters with various forms of amnesty.

As I recall, Allah, DACA was never passed by Congress–same with the DREAM Act. According to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, only CONGRESS has the authority to determine/legislate naturalization procedures, NOT the Executive Branch.

Face it, the usurper-in-chief is doing exactly that–usurping Congressional authority (again) via Executive Order. If’n Congress can’t get it’s act together to curtail this, then the usurper-in-chief should be taken to court and have his pen taken away.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

OT: About Twitter feeds and submitting pics/videos for protests tomorrow

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I’m hitting at least one of the local ones in the morning!

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Congress can pass legislation to rescind those EO’s, making them null and void. What congress passes into legislation is the law of the land.

As you point out, ONLY congress can make or change the law. The only thing Obama is allowed to do with Executive Order is to make temporary administrative adjustments in policy, and he essentially used ‘prosecutotial discretion’ as a means of saying his administration wouldn’t pursue action against the DREAMER’s. It’s exactly what he intended to do with at least 5-6 million adult illegal aliens this summer.

However, congress can move to pass legislation declaring that prosecutorial discretion null and void, essentially.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Cruz wants to show that he’s tougher on illegal immigration than his GOP rivals but not so tough that he’s a punching bag for “YOU HATE CHILDREN!” attacks from the left.

As if this difference would prevent that – they’re going to say what they want to say without regard for the truth of it, just like everything else.

Midas on July 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Even he, I suspect, by and large accepts the CW that Republicans need to do better at winning over Latinos.

What does that have to do with amnesty? Not…one…damn…thing.

We need to do a better job at winning over Blacks as well. Should we put reparations on the table to do that? In fact, we SHOULD be doing reparations before any amnesty if we’re going to buying into this kind of nonsense.

xblade on July 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Cruz wants to show that he’s tougher on illegal immigration than his GOP rivals but not so tough that he’s a punching bag for “YOU HATE CHILDREN!” attacks from the left.

So he wants to show he’s tough on illegal immigration by supporting amnesty….and not just amnesty,but an ILLEGAL amnesty…just so the left won’t say he hates children. What an immigration hawk he is, lol. Just what we need, another dumb republican letting the dems set the meme. Jesus Christ we are are so screwed.

xblade on July 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

So he wants to show he’s tough on illegal immigration by supporting amnesty….and not just amnesty,but an ILLEGAL amnesty…just so the left won’t say he hates children. What an immigration hawk he is, lol. Just what we need, another dumb republican letting the dems set the meme. Jesus Christ we are are so screwed.

xblade on July 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Exactly right. Cruz may be making some kind of compromise in the wording of the bill so he can have some small chance of getting it passed.

But the GOP “leadership” has been telling us for MONTHS now, probably the last year, how the GOP has to do amnesty. The GOPe has been beating Conservatives over the head with amnesty for the last year at least.

Now we learn that was nothing but a leftist rope-a-dope to try to dupe them into doing it for them. Just like Conservatives have been saying all along.

When can we stop listening to establishment dupes that are taking “advice” from leftist DimocRats?

Meople on July 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Gallup versus Zogby:

This Zogby poll:

http://www.jmisys.com/immigrationmarches/zogby5.html

was taken the LAST TIME the Gallup poll showed a super high spike that illegal immigration was a problem:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/173306/one-six-say-immigration-important-problem.aspx

In the spring of 2006, there were two competing bills, Sensenbrenner’s House bill of strict enforcement and the Senate’s first incarnation of McCain-Kennedy Comprehensive Amnesty. Lots of street marchers with Mexican flags, but no complete anarchy on the border as it is now, no lawlessness in the White House, no DACA, no hobbled BP and ICE, no horror stories about disease, etc.

I wonder what a similar poll might show today??

The idiot GOPe has been convinced by its consultants and Sheldon Adelson, et al, that they must try to out-pander the Democrats in chasing after the 54% of already-committed, noisy Hispanic Democrats (and LOSING their conservative base!), instead of appealing to the 40% of quiet, law-respecting Hispanics and KEEPING their conservative base.

GOPe – idiots. Ignorant fools. Greedy politicians, not patriots.

fred5678 on July 17, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Considering opposition to all this is both widening (geometrically) and hardening, why worry about being demagogued?

Let the Demos hang themselves.

formwiz on July 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

We can argue semantics tell cows come home but the important point is that a) Russians shot down a Ukrainians military aircraft, b) Ukrainians retailated by shooting down a civil passenger aircraft that belonged to another country. That speaks a lot of one country’s intention and the other country’s intelligence, and I don’t mean military one.
Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM

How much do you get paid to be a Putin propagandist?

njrob on July 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

The world is burning and we have an idiot in charge on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard hiding from the problems he created.

God help us all.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

(Corrected)

landlines on July 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Why do we have to repeal a “law” that contradicts the law, and was created by an unconstitutional power grab?

Brock Robamney on July 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Both parties are against amnesty. The freeloaders and the conservatives. You put a PSA out there saying the illegals will get preferential treatment on welfare, watch how fast this amnesty position dies and the kids are deported

Brock Robamney on July 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Refugee Status conveys the opportunity to get a green card and the opportunity for 7 years of welfare, and during that time become a naturalized citizen. They have to wait 4 years, and they can become citizens, stay on welfare, and vote for more welfare as naturalized citizens. All they need is the right lawyer to plead for asylum. And we want to pay for it now, instead of making them get their own.

Fleuries on July 17, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Russians shot down a Ukrainians military aircraft, b) Ukrainians retailated by shooting down a civil passenger aircraft that belonged to another country.

njrob on July 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Those Ukranians njrob, are on the Russian side, not retaliating.
They are called Ukranian seperatists because they want to seperate from Ukraine and join up with Russia.

Fleuries on July 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM

So long as future waves of illegals are turned away, the ones who are already here enjoy legalization.

Just wondering why Mexico gets a free pass to send it’s people to the US to take up residence and jobs illegally since the vast majority of DREAMER’s are Mexicans, but Central America, and any other nation, is not in that preferred class.

I thought this was the United States of America, where justice is meant to be applied equitably and consistently.

If the new wave of illegal aliens are to be sent home, post haste, then shouldn’t we also insist that the Mexican contingent of illegal aliens also be sent back to their nation of origin?

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

If you already qualify for amnesty under DACA, you get to keep your amnesty. This is all about ending eligibility for future illegals, not taking it away from people who already have it. That makes sense in light of what I said above. Cruz wants to show that he’s tougher on illegal immigration than his GOP rivals but not so tough that he’s a punching bag for “YOU HATE CHILDREN!” attacks from the left.

In other words, he caved. Believe me, this little hustler can’t wait to hitch a ride on the Paul Ryan express.

I spent 20 minutes of my morning drive listening to Glenn Beck slobber all over Mike Leigh. Believe me, conservatives who put their faith in these guys are going to be very, very disappointed.

Joseph K on July 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

If the new wave of illegal aliens are to be sent home, post haste, then shouldn’t we also insist that the Mexican contingent of illegal aliens also be sent back to their nation of origin?
thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Yes, we should…but zero won’t.

Better to be equal opportunity and send back ALL illegals…but zero won’t.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM

That’s it, this is the last straw, Ted Cruz is dead to me now.
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slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

And yet, I’m a little surprised that Cruz himself is willing to come out against DACA.

This entire post is about what a tough hombre Cruz is for coming our against DACA, except that he didn’t come out against DACA. Really, why leave it up? Rewrite the last paragraph and delete everything else. No one will notice.

He’s seizing a potential litmus-test issue in the primary and forcing his competition to choke on it.

Yeah right. The only thing the competition is choking on is their own laughter. Cruz is trying to stop the gush from a slashed femoral artery with a Band-Aid. Where is Mr. Government Shutdown now? DACA is a horror, an obscene usurpation of power. If this is not something for Cruz to go after with both barrels, what is?

Joseph K on July 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

I will never vote for another Republican.

Mr. Arrogant on July 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

after the border crisis has eased

I don’t see that happening. With dims refusing to do anything to secure the border, I see no end in sight to the crisis.

cat_owner on July 17, 2014 at 5:29 PM