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Ted Cruz is Lying Once Again About the Immigrant Kids and Amnesty

Senator Ted Cruz is never short on ‘facts.’ When he can’t find one he needs, he simply makes them up.

Never running out of things to say against Obama and the immigrant kids, his latest spin has put him front and center as the GOP headliner of the anti-immigration/border debate.

Over the weekend, the always-happy-to-hog-the-spotlight Cruz, offered this inflammatory statement in McAllen, Texas:

“The staggering conditions that children are being subjected to are a direct result of the amnesty that President Obama illegally and unilaterally enacted in 2012,” Cruz said, “The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obama’s amnesty.”

Yet again, Cruz’s take on the issue is more spin than fact. While there is a law on the books that allow unaccompanied kids to stay until an asylum hearing could take place, that bill was passed unanimously by Congress and actually signed into law by George W. Bush  in 2008.

The ‘amnesty’ Cruz is talking about is actually the DREAM Act of 2012, which provides a pathway to citizenship to people who work. Since to be eligible you must have arrived in the country by 2011, it does not apply to the immigrant kids.

Obama is to ‘blame’ for this one, but it is also not amnesty, which Obama made abundantly clear.

“This is not amnesty,” Obama said shortly after signing the measure into law two years ago. “This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It’s not a permanent fix. This is a temporary, stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people. It is the — it is the right thing to do.”

In other words, the President never promised amnesty to anyone, and it was Bush and Congress that opened the door to the immigration of the kids escaping poverty and war-torn nations by fleeing to our borders and inadvertently caused the processing delay that is at the heart of migrant kid housing crisis.

Frank Sherry, executive director of American’s Voice, pointed out that Cruz’s anti-immigrant lies might win headlines and hard-liners hearts, but the GOP should be leery of allowing such light-on-facts rhetoric to stand-in for more reasoned political talk leading up to 2016.

Sharry told Fox News Latino, “Cruz will get what he wants, which is lots of media attention and lots of love from the extreme right, but it won’t help his party.”

In fact, he said that it is likely that Cruz’s spotlight-seeking lying and fearmongering will turn away Latinos and immigrants and ultimately, “make it harder for the Republicans to take back the White House in 2016 and beyond.”

 

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