Jimmy Carter: I’d rather have Trump, who’s “malleable,” as president than Cruz

posted at 6:01 pm on February 4, 2016 by Allahpundit

How valuable is this anti-endorsement to Cruz? So valuable that, as you’ll see below, he made an ad out of it with no additional commentary whatsoever. It’s the political equivalent of the famous wordless “Sports Illustrated” cover after the “Miracle on Ice” game in 1980: What else needs to be said? Interestingly, Rush Limbaugh played Carter’s soundbite in full on his show today, further evidence that Trump’s populism isn’t as much of a get-out-of-conservatism-free card on talk radio these days as it was before he went to war with Cruz early last month.

The splashiest bit of political news so far this week was Politico’s postmortem of Trump’s ground game in Iowa, with sources claiming that Trump could have gone bigger and better but held off due to the expense. Now Politico claims the same thing’s happening in New Hampshire — Trump’s organization there is weak and he’s refused requests to strengthen it, meaning lord knows what for the outcome on Tuesday night. Maybe his lead is large enough that even a poor GOTV effort can’t deny him a victory. He’d better hope.

But there is tension inside the Trump campaign about the robustness of its field and data operations. One person familiar with the disagreements said Trump’s state directors have been denied funding for their field and data requests…

But while the campaign has shifted resources into the first primary state, that move amounted to a single staffer — Stuart Jolly, a former Americans for Prosperity operative brought onto the campaign to focus on the Southern states that vote on March 1…

Republicans in the state predict those moves will be insufficient for Trump’s campaign to deliver on the expectations of a blowout the candidates has set by constantly touting on the stump public polling figures that show him leading by more than 20 percentage points in the state.

“He does not have a strong organization in New Hampshire,” said Republican operative Ryan Williams, a former aide to Mitt Romney in New Hampshire and a former communications director for the state party. “It’s kind of a ragtag bunch of staffers that didn’t catch on with any of the mainstream campaigns.”

Williams works for a firm that works for Jeb Bush’s campaign, notes Team Trump, so what would he know about winning votes in New Hampshire? Touche!

Trump was asked on the radio today if he thinks he’s going to win New Hampshire. He said he believes he will — but: “We’ll see what happens. I mean, you never know. I mean, do people come out? Do they vote?” He thinks they will, as do I. How could Republicans resist this ringing endorsement?


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Bishop, who knew that you are a mystic, or are mystic, you devil, you?

But, your mystique is cool too, and you still got it :)

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM

Um, guys,

What the heck is this?

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/bombshell-report-marco-rubios-gay-scandal-surfaces/

Seriously, I’m getting scared. What is going on here? Is this real? Is this a credible website or is it like The Onion? Please tell me this is like The Onion.

Paperclips on February 4, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Another source:

http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2016/02/marco-rubio-with-curious-late-night.html

anotherJoe on February 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM

Other than going to foam parties, there’s not much difference between Rubio and Cruz.

cimbri on February 4, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Not much difference between Rubio and Cruz. And you expect to be taken seriously.

voiceofreason on February 4, 2016 at 10:59 PM

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM

You pansy.

Connie said this:

“Bishop, you’ve lost your mystic, you effing %$#*&^)+!&*!”

I replied that I’m overflowing with mystic, so much so that I need to shave it off twice a day, especially from my back.

Bishop on February 4, 2016 at 11:02 PM

Bishop, did you see the Nugent link?

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2016 at 11:11 PM

I am supposed to care what Jimmy Carter says because………???

bobthm3 on February 4, 2016 at 11:11 PM

Don’t take it from me.

So you have no answers and deflect to an argument from authority.

Take it from the country’s staunchest border hawks, Steve King, Jeff Sessions and Tom Tancredo.

Steve King, who went with the Cruz fraud in Iowa and Tom Tancredo, another all talk no action Republican. Great.

NumbersUSA said differently.

Some candidates make loud, colorful promises to secure our borders. Ted Cruz has a record of actually fighting for secure borders.

In 2013, Cruz fought in the Senate trenches to defeat the establishment’s grandiose “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill. He offered strong amendments that exposed the true character of the amnesty bill.

Like increasing H1B visas by 500%, doubling green cards and voting down Jeff Sessions’ amendment limiting legal immigration to 3 million new people per year?

The Senate conservative leader of that battle, Senator Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), credits Ted Cruz as being his strong right arm in the fight. Their arguments were so sound and their fight so successful that a majority of Republican senators ended up voting against the amnesty bill and it died in the House.

Ooooooo! Except that it was David Brat defeating Cantor that defeated the amnesty bill. Cantor had every intention of bringing it up and they were in final negotiations before he was destroyed.

Mike Lee agrees with you:

“Well, look – as you know, as you just pointed out, I’m friends with both these guys,” Lee said. “I have enormous respect for both of them. I will tell you this: I serve on the Judiciary Committee with Ted Cruz. I was there with Ted Cruz the entire time as we spent weeks on the ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration bill. I was there as we both drafted and presented amendments trying to make this really bad ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty bill not as bad.”

“And at no time during that process – at no moment did I ever see Ted Cruz take any action that was tantamount to saying he was embracing amnesty,” Lee continued. “He filed amendments designed to make the bill less bad. But that didn’t mean and does not mean now and never will mean that he was going to vote for that bill. He was just trying to make it less bad. And insofar as anybody is trying to suggest that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had the same position with regards amnesty or with regards to the ‘Gang of Eight’ bill – that is absolutely false. One-hundred percent false.”

Ted Cruz:

I very much want commonsense immigration reform to pass, but if this bill becomes law as currently written, it will not solve the problem. Instead it will make the problem of illegal immigration worse,” Sen. Cruz said. “We must work together in a bipartisan manner to fix this problem in a way that secures the border, improves legal immigration and respects rule of law so we remain a nation that welcomes and celebrates legal immigrants. I look forward to working with my colleagues on these issues and am confident my proposed amendments will effectively address the current problems with this bill.”

So yes. He was for giving amnesty. Just not citizenship.

Did that battle win him friends among the Republican Party leadership? No. Did making enemies among party leadership stop him from doing the right thing? No.

Mitch McConnell’s lawyer set up a PAC for him and to fight Trump.

He donated $150,000 to the NRSC.

He served with them when they were running racist ads in Mississippi.

Now while Cruz was actively fighting amnesty, Donny was coddling illegal aliens.

Based on hearsay and the word of a Dreamer activist. Good job for believing in National Enquirer-like stories.

Clearly these border hawks wouldn’t be stating Cruz was instrumental in killing the Gang of Rubio bill if his amendments were anything but a poison pill. It’s settled.

voiceofreason on February 4, 2016 at 10:48 PM

I was there as we both drafted and presented amendments trying to make this really bad ‘Gang of Eight’ amnesty bill not as bad.

I look forward to working with my colleagues on these issues and am confident my proposed amendments will effectively address the current problems with this bill.

NWConservative on February 4, 2016 at 11:11 PM

Oh and voiceofreason, since we are all about believing what Politicos say about candidates:

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/263644-immigration-bill-authors-say-cruz-wanted-legislation-to-pass

John McCain and Jeff Flake stated that Cruz wanted the bill to pass.

NWConservative on February 4, 2016 at 11:16 PM

NWConservative on February 4, 2016 at 11:11 PM

Clear as day that Cruz pushed for the Gang of 8 to pass with legalization for all illegals, and his current position of leaving the bulk of the illegals in place (NOT deporting them) will in time lead to legalization and citizenship. Cruz could change his position and gain a lot of support, yet still he doesn’t. This leads me to believe that it must be that his donors are pulling his strings, at least on that issue.

anotherJoe on February 4, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Someone reads it. Else you would not be here. You are a retard. LOL

Constitutionalist on February 4, 2016 at 9:02 PM

I comment because I enjoy it. The only people who I expect to read my comments are those who wish to argue with me, and half the time they don’t read them, or at least not well. If you think this is for some greater good, then I feel sorry for you, since you’re obviously delusional.

DFCtomm on February 4, 2016 at 11:31 PM

I replied that I’m overflowing with mystic, so much so that I need to shave it off twice a day, especially from my back.

So there is a box full of discarded mystic somewhere?

DFCtomm on February 4, 2016 at 11:43 PM

Not much difference between Rubio and Cruz. And you expect to be taken seriously.

voiceofreason on February 4, 2016 at 10:59 PM

They both worked on the same bill, Rubio just wasn’t quite as sneaky as Cruz. No matter what iteration passed, the illegals were staying. I don’t know why yall can’t come clean on this.

cimbri on February 4, 2016 at 11:45 PM

Clear as day that Cruz pushed for the Gang of 8 to pass with legalization for all illegals,

It. was. as. clear. as. day. Legal status IS AMNESTY, not the twisted version that the GOP has twisted into meaning just citizenship. That is how Cruz tries to get around this, as he was definitely for legal status until Dec 15, 2015.

and his current position of leaving the bulk of the illegals in place (NOT deporting them) will in time lead to legalization and citizenship. Cruz could change his position and gain a lot of support, yet still he doesn’t. This leads me to believe that it must be that his donors are pulling his strings, at least on that issue.

anotherJoe on February 4, 2016 at 11:29 PM

They are pulling his strings on many issues, which is why he started sniping at Trump. Oh it was at “private” meetings that just so happen to leak to the press. Which is why he voted for fast track for the TPP that Obama signed today.

Which is why he missed the vote to audit the Fed. Because he gets a lot of money from Goldman Sachs and his wife is in a high level position with them, and Goldman Sachs might as well own the Federal Reserve.

But like that issue, I get to hear about how it’s Trump supporters never admit anything bad about their candidate, all the while so many of the same people, excuse every. single. thing. Cruz has flipflopped on.

NWConservative on February 4, 2016 at 11:46 PM

John McCain and Jeff Flake stated that Cruz wanted the bill to pass.

NWConservative on February 4, 2016 at 11:16 PM

are u serious or serial or maybe cereal?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:01 AM

are u serious or serial or maybe cereal?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:01 AM

If people are buying into Carter’s take on the race, I’m sure they are going to buy into John McCain and Jeff Flake’s version.

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:12 AM

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:12 AM

a bowl of captain crunch please

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:21 AM

a bowl of captain crunch please

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:21 AM

Did you run out of kool-aid?

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:28 AM

Did you run out of kool-aid?

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:28 AM

nope

got some more over yonder in the kool-aid container

i like cherry

what flavor you like?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:30 AM

nope

got some more over yonder in the kool-aid container

i like cherry

what flavor you like?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:30 AM

Is that Rubio Cherry? Cruz has Maple Syrup flavor, in honor of his homeland.

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:39 AM

Is that Rubio Cherry? Cruz has Maple Syrup flavor, in honor of his homeland.

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:39 AM

really
now your gasping for straws
ain’t no such thing as maple syrup kool-aid

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:43 AM

really
now your gasping for straws
ain’t no such thing as maple syrup kool-aid

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:43 AM

It’s only available in Canada.

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:45 AM

It’s only available in Canada.

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:45 AM

reckon you’d know

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:53 AM

reckon you’d know

Fred

jrsrigmvr on February 5, 2016 at 12:53 AM

I would.

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 12:54 AM

And dems treat him like a red-headed stepchild for the most part. Even if he’s wrong on everything he seems like a nice guy.

Redstone on February 4, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Pretty much the exact assessment of my physics instructor, who was a classmate of Jimmy’s at Annapolis before they both entered the Silent Service.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 5, 2016 at 1:17 AM

That is an awesome ad. Go Cruz! :)

Theophile on February 5, 2016 at 1:41 AM

Clinton strategy.
Demtard Translation: Hillary cannot beat Trump and Carter’s “choice” is a poison pill. Of course he’s voting for Hillary.

kregg on February 5, 2016 at 5:57 AM

Celebrate Trumpbots, freakin Celebrate!

WordsMatter on February 5, 2016 at 6:43 AM

Clear as day that Cruz pushed for the Gang of 8 to pass with legalization for all illegals, and his current position of leaving the bulk of the illegals in place (NOT deporting them) will in time lead to legalization and citizenship. Cruz could change his position and gain a lot of support, yet still he doesn’t. This leads me to believe that it must be that his donors are pulling his strings, at least on that issue.

anotherJoe on February 4, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Yeah, the gold standard on immigration is Jeff Sessions. What does he say? Oh, that Cruz was there fighting against it. You are a LIAR a constant liar. You have been called out on this dozens of times and keep repeating it. Everyone from Chuck Schumer, Sessions, John McCain, Harry Reid and Nancy Peolosi have all said they knew what Cruz was doing and that he was trying to poison the well.

“Every step of the way Ted Cruz was on my side and fought this legislation all the way through,” Sessions declared. “People need to remember this because this election is going to decide– did the crowd who pushed that bill, are they in the White House? And will they be able to continue their agenda? Or will somebody else be there who will say, ‘No.’

This does not leave the illegals in place. It hunts them down, captures them, processes them, and deports them. Followed by no amnesty.

Hold DHS accountable to the American people. Under the Obama Administration, DHS has failed to perform core national security tasks. The Department of Homeland Security must be able to fulfill its obligation to American citizens, and its officials must be held accountable. I will:
Hire the right people: Appoint a no-nonsense, security-focused leader as Secretary of Homeland Security, and instruct the Secretary to transfer DHS personnel and resources as needed to best protect the American people.
Let them do their jobs: Empower the Secretary to remove DHS employees who refuse to abide by the law, and replace them with dedicated men and women committed to securing our nation. Bureaucratic failure and willful ignorance of the law will no longer be an option.
Work with the states: Reverse the Obama Administration’s policy of preventing state and local governments from participating in immigration enforcement, and instead partner with the states so they can assist with immigration enforcement and border security. Increase the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to ensure that ICE has the manpower to support state and local enforcement efforts. And fully fund the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program to help finance the efforts of local governments actively assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

2. Restore the Rule of Law

President Obama, aided and abetted by a Congress that ignores its constitutional and moral duties, has abused his executive authority and refused to enforce the immigration laws that are currently on the books. These failures undermine immigration enforcement and endanger the American people. We need a President who will follow the law, hold those who break it accountable, and take seriously the duty to protect Americans. To restore the Rule of Law, a Cruz Administration will:

End President Obama’s illegal amnesty. The Obama Administration has issued at least 20 executive memoranda over the course of his two terms in office that grant amnesty, ignore the law, and worsen our immigration problems. He has rewarded millions of illegal immigrants with a promise that our laws will not be enforced against them, and that they will be allowed to stay in the United States without consequence – and, in fact, receive benefits funded by American taxpayers. And to compound it all, DHS is using the fees it charges legal immigrants to fund the President’s unlawful amnesty program. I will:
Stop the lawlessness: Shut down President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty on day one. I will end the lawlessness with the stroke of a pen.
End the amnesty slush funds: Push for passage of the Immigration Slush Fund Elimination Act, end the perverse revenue incentives that undermine our national security, and see to it that the fees paid by legal immigrants go toward supporting legal immigration only, to improve and streamline such immigration.
Follow the Constitution: Use every ounce of my constitutional authority and executive discretion to ensure DHS enforces the law instead of violating it.

Restore enforcement capacity. During President Obama’s seven years in office, we have seen DHS’s immigration enforcement budget expand dramatically while immigration enforcement has plummeted. This failure has resulted in more illegal immigrants in the United States, more threats to public safety, more taxpayer dollars wasted. I will:
Enforce the law: Restore our commitment to enforcement and public safety and the Rule of Law by rededicating DHS to fully enforcing the law, including through deportations and returns. During the first five years of the Obama Administration, President Obama removed or returned only 3.8 million illegal entrants. That is a fraction of the removals and returns during the previous five years, and a fraction of what we could accomplish if we had a President who actually forced DHS to do its job and removed politics from an agency charged with law enforcement. As President, I would do just that.
End catch-and-release: Return illegal immigrants who are caught at our borders and ports to their countries of origin. Currently, most immigrants who are apprehended at the border are let into the United States, given a ticket, and told to show up to court in the future. Not surprisingly, most of these illegal immigrants are never seen or heard from again. This backwards policy, known as “catch-and-release,” is naïve, dangerous, and expensive in the long run. From the outset, I will end catch-and-release on our southern border and at our ports of entry. People who are apprehended trying to enter the United States without permission will be detained until they are removed from the United States.
Add detention space for interior enforcement: Support ICE agents and their enforcement efforts by significantly increasing permanent detention capacity for illegal immigrants in the interior of the United States, and give ICE leadership the flexibility to procure additional, temporary detention space from the General Services Administration and state and local law enforcement on an as-needed basis. The Obama Administration has limited detention space for illegal immigrants who are taken into custody to limit the ability of ICE agents to detain illegal immigrants and begin the process of deportation. I will end that practice.
End sanctuary policies. According to current estimates, there are 340 sanctuary jurisdictions in the United States, and each threatens the safety of Americans. The violence against American citizens by illegal immigrants is the direct result of negligent enforcement policies. These are promoted mostly by Democrat state and local officials, and they provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants, including hardened criminals who have been deported repeatedly.Kate Steinle’s murder by an illegal immigrant earlier this year is a tragic example of what happens when a government defies the law. Her murderer told police that he had chosen to live in San Francisco precisely because he knew that local officials would not cooperate with immigration laws.This federally subsidized lawlessness must end. As President, I will:

Sign the Stop Sanctuary Cities and Protect Americans Act: Urge Congress to pass this law, which I co-sponsored and which will withhold law enforcement funds and community development block grants from sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities.
Strip other sanctuary funding: Task the Attorney General and Secretaries of Homeland Security and Treasury to identify and withhold all additional federal funding that can legally be withdrawn from sanctuary jurisdictions.

Stop criminal immigrants. Peaceful, law-abiding immigrants will be welcomed in the United States, but criminal immigrants will not receive quarter. A Cruz Administration will:

Find criminal immigrants: Instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify all criminal illegal immigrants in state or local custody and issue detainers for those illegal immigrants while their deportations are processed.
Deport criminal immigrants: Recommit the federal government to deporting all illegal immigrants who commit crimes – and make use of all available tools to deport criminal immigrants as quickly as possible.
Prosecute criminal immigrants and sign Kate’s Law: Prosecute all criminal immigrants who have previously been deported to the fullest extent possible, and urge Congress to pass Kate’s Law, which I authored in the Senate and which will impose a five-year mandatory minimum for aggravated felons who illegally reenter the United States.
Regain control of immigration courts: Ensure that federal administrative judges handling immigration cases operate effectively and prioritize deporting illegal criminals. And increase the number of immigration judges and prosecutors to ensure that enforcement efforts are honored by adjudication of immigration-law violations.

Encourage state and local support of federal immigration law. State and local law-enforcement authorities should be empowered to partner with the federal government in the protection of their cities and their citizens, not penalized for reinforcing federal laws. A Cruz Administration will:

Get states involved: Instruct the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to provide opportunities for state and local assistance in immigration enforcement, such as by expanding the number of agreements between ICE and state and local law-enforcement agencies allowing designated officers to perform immigration law-enforcement functions (so-called “287(g) agreements”).
Change federal law to help states: Authorize states and cities to enforce both federal and local laws relating to illegal immigrants, and push for the repeal of restrictions that interfere with local enforcement of federal immigration law.
Share resources and information: Commit to sharing resources and information in order to ensure the successful enforcement of immigration laws at all levels.

Prevent asylum abuse. Many illegal immigrants who are apprehended at the border are released into the United States based on questionable claims of persecution in their home countries. And many of those do not appear at their court proceedings to support their claims, are admitted into the United States with no accountability, and are never seen again. This lack of enforcement is unacceptable. We are a magnanimous country, but we must not be foolish. I will:

Streamline asylum adjudication: Institute new standards that allow for summary dismissal of dubious asylum claims at our borders and immediate return of claimants to their home countries.
Detain asylum applicants who are security or flight risks: Utilize the executive branch’s discretionary authority to ensure detention is enforced in all asylum cases. Detention of those making asylum claims will ensure rapid processing of legitimate claims and rapid deportation of false claims, and will go a long way toward discouraging those with bogus claims from attempting to come here.

Criminalize visa overstays. It has been estimated that approximately 40 percent of the illegal immigrants currently in the United States originally came here legally, but are overstaying their visas. Although it is a federal misdemeanor to illegally enter the country, it is not currently a federal crime to overstay a visa. I will work quickly with Congress to change that. We will make it a misdemeanor for a first offense, and a felony for any subsequent offense, for any individual to be unlawfully present in the United States after the expiration of a visa. This will help us remove people who abuse our goodwill, deter others from doing so, and eliminate a major national security vulnerability
rohibit illegal immigrants from receiving financial benefits. On average, each household headed by an illegal immigrant in the United States receives over $14,000 in net government benefits per year, according to one study. This transfer of American taxpayer dollars to illegal immigrants entices further illegal entry. Under a Cruz Administration, illegal immigrants will cease receiving government benefits.
Strengthen E-Verify. E-Verify – a federal program that lets employers verify the legal status of job applicants – is essential to ensuring that employers are not hiring illegal immigrants at the expense of hardworking Americans and legal immigrants. Despite E-Verify’s proven accuracy and success, Congress and President Obama have obstructed its availability. A Cruz Administration will:

Treat E-Verify as a national security tool: Push to have E-Verify both permanently reauthorized in statute and deemed an essential national security screening tool, to ensure that it operates in the event of a lapse in funding.
Require E-Verify for all federal contractors and subcontractors: Require all federal government contractors and subcontractors to use E-Verify. Companies that refuse to use E-Verify will be barred from receiving federal contracts.
Make E-Verify effortless for the private sector: Determine ways to expand E-Verify without burdening employers.

Stop companies from deducting illegal immigrants’ salaries from gross income. Under current law, companies that violate federal law by hiring illegal immigrants to work for them may deduct the costs of illegal immigrant pay and benefits from their gross income at tax time. The Internal Revenue Service is basically providing a huge incentive to companies to violate immigration law. It is no wonder companies refuse to obey the law, especially in a lax enforcement environment. As President, I will forcefully pursue legislation, similar to Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) New Illegal Deduction Elimination Act, which will amend the Internal Revenue Code to prevent companies from deducting illegal immigrants’ salaries and benefiting from lawlessness.

Require foreign countries to take back their deported citizens, nationals, and residents. Under current law, when a foreign government refuses to accept an alien who is a citizen, national, or resident of that country after a formal request by the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of State is required by law to order consular officers in that foreign country to discontinue granting immigrant visas or nonimmigrant visas until the country accepts the alien. The Obama Administration has completely ignored this provision, and allowed foreign countries to flout our law while enjoying access to the United States. Not only will I enforce this provision of law, but I will also work to withdraw foreign aid from countries that refuse repatriation.

But trump has said he will, in fact, amnesty the illegal aliens.

“We have to bring great people into this country, okay? And I want to bring — I love the idea of immigration, but it’s got to be legal immigration. Now, a lot of these people are helping us, whether it’s the grapes, or whether it’s jobs, and sometimes it’s jobs, in all fairness, I love our country, but sometimes it’s jobs that a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I mean, there are jobs that a lot of people don’t want to do. I want to move them out, and we’re going to move them back in, and let them be legal, but they have to be in here legally. … but I would expedite the system.”

Trump’s plan for current illegal aliens is touchback amnesty. Try and keep up here. This is a slow trail and is handicap accessible.

Let’s believe Trump on what he says…

He is going to deport the illegal aliens.
He will keep the criminal illegal aliens out.
He will let the good ones in. The two groups he has stated are good ones are those who have jobs and those who are community members. I would guess a pretty large part of our illegal alien population is encompassed by those two standards.
He has then said he will expedite them back and get them back quickly.

Those are his words. Let us take him at his word and see what we have.

Deporting the person is not the punishment. Deporting the person is just the natural result of being caught as an illegal alien in this nation. The punishment comes in the form of being banned for a period of time from re-entering the United States. The ban is intended to be a deterrent to illegal immigration. When Trump talks about returning those deported illegal aliens quickly through an expedited process, he is talking about removing or at the very least reducing significantly the punishment for having broken into the country illegally or having overstayed a visa illegally. This removes the deterrent to entering the nation illegally if you can just quickly come right back in.

For a real life example, imagine someone breaks into your home and refuses to leave, you call the police and they come and remove the people from your property, but otherwise let them go on their merry way. This is similar to what Trump is proposing. Simply removing them, but allowing them to not suffer the deterrent of having broken the law, which would be jail time. If that is the situation, then there is no deterrent to people breaking into your home with respect to the law. What is critical is that the deterrent punishment happen. So instead of removing them from your property, they would instead put them in jail for a certain period of time.

Trump is for amnesty. It is called Touchback amnesty and was proposed a while back and is acceptable to Chuck Schumer, La Raza, the New York Times and Illegal Aliens.

It is what it is. Cruz will not amnesty any illegals. Not today, tomorrow, ever. That is a pretty solid word from a pretty solid man.

Constitutionalist on February 5, 2016 at 7:35 AM

How valuable is this anti-endorsement to Cruz? So valuable that, as you’ll see below, he made an ad out of it with no additional commentary whatsoever.

So Ted Cruz believes and is telling voters that Jimmy Carter is intelligent and well-informed and his opinions can be trusted? President Jimmy – who’s in the running for the *worst at everything* medal – Carter?
Why would anyone point to Carter as some sort of knowledgeable source?
Does Cruz think we’re idiots or is he one?

lynncgb on February 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

The Real Jimmy Carter
By: Alan M. Dershowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, April 30, 2007

It pains me to say this, but I now believe that there is no person in American public life today who has a lower ratio of real to apparent integrity than Jimmy Carter. The public perception of his integrity is extraordinarily high. His real integrity, it now turns out, is extraordinarily low. He is no better than so many former American politicians who, after leaving public life, sell themselves to the highest bidder and become lobbyists for despicable causes. That is now Jimmy Carter’s sad legacy.

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=26364

Carter can be bought.

lynncgb on February 5, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Carter is senile.

Cherokee on February 5, 2016 at 8:47 AM

John McCain and Jeff Flake stated that Cruz wanted the bill to pass.

NWConservative on February 4, 2016 at 11:16 PM

You can’t be serious. Well YOU can. Isn’t obvious to you that these open borders clowns are taking a shot at their arch nemesis and border hawk Cruz. If it isn’t, yet again you prove my point.

voiceofreason on February 5, 2016 at 9:22 AM

Clear as day that Cruz pushed for the Gang of 8 to pass with legalization for all illegals, and his current position of leaving the bulk of the illegals in place (NOT deporting them) will in time lead to legalization and citizenship. Cruz could change his position and gain a lot of support, yet still he doesn’t. This leads me to believe that it must be that his donors are pulling his strings, at least on that issue.

anotherJoe on February 4, 2016 at 11:29 PM

Intellectual dishonesty defined assuming there is intellect at all.

voiceofreason on February 5, 2016 at 9:24 AM

PappyD61 on February 4, 2016 at 7:01 PM

People who use excessive question marks are –

1. Typically people without a lot of depth.

2. Those who smile a lot and nod in agreement, even though they may not even understand what’s going on.

3. Someone who uses the word ‘like’ a lot

4. Excessively hyper girls.

5. People who need constant reassurance.

6. A person who isn’t really that happy, but tries to convince others they are.

Jason58 on February 5, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Malleable? You have to be kidding. Trump sets a goal and doesn’t move from it. Carter, you were so malleable you caused huge problems for my country. Stay home, shut up and, if you wish, vote for Trump because I am but because he is NOT malleable.

Roselle on February 5, 2016 at 11:09 AM

lynncgb on February 5, 2016 at 8:00 AM

No.
That would be Trump.

Neitherleftorright on February 5, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Jimmy Carter’s statement is a reason to support Ted Cruz.

Phil Byler on February 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Carter hasn’t known reality for quite a while.

TerryW on February 5, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Obvious he is senile.

ultracon on February 5, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Obvious he is senile.

ultracon on February 5, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Surely Kid Rock’s endorsement cancels out this dillweed’s
and anyway, the only endorsement that means anything to me is:

Joe Arpaio’s

esnap on February 5, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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