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Sen. Cruz on Immigration Reform: Focus on Areas of Agreement

This morning in a Senate hearing on immigration, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a compelling case that Congress should focus on areas of bipartisan agreement if they ever want to get a bill passed, echoing the ideas expressed by Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint.

First, he noted that there is broad bipartisan agreement that we must “get serious about securing the border, that we need to increase manpower, that we need to increase technology.”  He added, “in a post 9/11 world… it doesn’t make sense right now that we don’t know the criminal history, we don’t know the background of those coming in.”  We should fix all of this, including the problem of visa-overstays.

Second, we must improve legal immigration — reduce the bureaucracy, reduce the red tape, and reduce the waiting period.  We should celebrate legal immigration, he said.

Sen. Cruz also suggested that there is no more divisive issue than a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally.  Sen. Cruz stated that in his view, “any bill that insists upon that jeopardizes the likelihood of passing any immigration reform bill.”

The ball is in Congress’s court.  They can choose to derail reform over the divisive issues, abandon the rule of law, and repeat the mistakes of 1986, or they can get real work done on important issues about which everyone agrees.

As DeMint stated, “a properly structured lawful immigration system would help our economy.”  No one disagrees with that.  Heritage has long suggested that we should make the legal immigration process “more efficient, more merit-based.”

This is precisely the type of intelligent action Sen. Cruz is asking his colleagues to take.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/Phillip_H_Davis Phil Davis

    I am wondering why Senator Ted Cruz is not a co-sponsor of this Bill from the Senate on mandatory E-Verify. This would solve many problems with illegal immigration if enforcement was behind it. No other measure or Bill, such as the gang of eight professes would be necessary. S.202 – http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s202

    • http://twitter.com/Phillip_H_Davis Phil Davis

      Of course, clamping down the Southern Border would be required. An iron curtain of military while building what Tom Tancredo suggested: A double fence with access road in-between the fences: He has all but disappeared from the scene: http://www.ontheissues.org/house/Tom_Tancredo_Immigration.htm

      • http://twitter.com/Phillip_H_Davis Phil Davis

        Any comments…anyone?

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  • iShrug

    What about our border with Canada? What about the hundreds of thousands of student visas issued? There are many ways to enter the USA, but there doesn’t seem to be much appetite to talk about anything besides Mexicans sneaking in. And there are plenty of OTMs here illegally. Why the reluctance to keep track of them?