21.04.2018
Ted Cruz, born in Canada and brought to the U.S. as a child, rejects citizenship for Dreamers

Ted Cruz, born in Canada and brought to the U.S. as a child, rejects citizenship for Dreamers

For opponents of immigration, it’s do as I say and not as I do. For example, Melania Trump and her sister, Ines, both moved to the U.S. sometime in the mid-1990s to pursue careers in modeling and fashion. Their parents later followed, and now reportedly live in New York City. But when black and brown people do this, it's derided as "chain migration." 

Then there’s Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Cruz was actually born in Calgary, Canada, and brought to the U.S. as a child. It’s awfully similar to the stories of hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, who were born in other nations but have only ever thought of themselves as Americans. But while the law allowed Cruz to become a U.S. citizen because of his U.S. citizen mom despite being born elsewhere, he's set on denying that same opportunity to others:

“I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally,” Cruz told reporters, according to Bloomberg. “Doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”

“For some reason that to me is utterly inexplicable, we see Republicans falling all over themselves to gallop to the left of [former President] Obama in a way that is contrary to the promises made to the voters who elected us,” he added.

Except nearly 80 percent of Americans want to put DACA recipients on a path to citizenship, including 64 percent of Republicans. What’s “utterly inexplicable” is the Canada-born son of a Cuban refugee slamming the door shut behind him.