Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Does Ted Cruz support or oppose amnesty?

  • In 2013, while Marco Rubio stood with Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama on amnesty, Cruz stood with Jeff Sessions and Steve King to fight against amnesty. Cruz’s effort was successful and the Rubio-Schumer massive amnesty bill failed. As Chuck Schumer recently confirmed, the Rubio-Schumer Gang of Eight knew that Cruz had been trying to kill the bill with his amendments and had no intention of helping the bill pass or creating a path to any legal status.
  • Cruz has never supported legalization and outside organizations have looked at this question several times.
  • Today, Rubio continues to support legalization and citizenship for 12 million illegal immigrants, while Cruz continues to stand with Sessions and King to oppose legalization and citizenship.
  • On his very first day as President, Cruz will revoke the President’s illegal executive amnesty. Marco Rubio has said that he would not do the same.
  • Border security is national security. Cruz will secure the borders and end illegal immigration once and for all.


Why did Cruz change his position on H-1B visas?

  • Cruz was and is a strong believer in legal immigration, but he believes that we should invite those in who will contribute to our great country, such as by creating jobs and wage growth. Immigration programs should be focused on what is good for American workers.
  • Several programs—including the H-1B visa program—were designed to bring in very high-skilled workers who would grow our economy and benefit American workers. Cruz supported the H-1B program with that goal. But allegations of severe fraud and abuse have come to light, and we must investigate them. When our generous immigration programs are abused to the detriment of Americans’ jobs and wages—as we learned might be occurring with the H-1B visa program—Cruz will freeze the programs, investigate abuses, and close loopholes.
  • To determine if there have been abuses of the H-1B visa program, Cruz will impose a 180-day moratorium on the H-1B program, to audit and investigate allegations of abuse. If companies are bringing in low-skilled workers, if they’re firing American workers to replace American workers, or otherwise undermining the point of the program they will be suspended from participating in it, any company that has violated criminal laws will be prosecuted.
  • Cruz introduced legislation with Sen. Jeff Sessions to protect American workers by, for example, requiring that anybody brought in through the H-1B program holds an advanced degree—not simply a bachelor’s degree but a master’s degree or a PhD, with preference given to degrees from American universities. The bill would also require companies that bring in workers to pay as a minimum salary of $110,000, so that they do not use the program to bring in low-cost foreign workers to replace American workers. The full list of Cruz’s protections for American workers can be found in his immigration plan here.

Is Ted Cruz Eligible to be President?

  • Ted Cruz was born to an American mother—born in Delaware—and was therefore a U.S. Citizen time of his birth.  That makes Cruz a natural-born citizen who is eligible to be president.
  • The top constitutional lawyers in the country under Presidents (Neal Katyal) and Bush (Paul Clement) conclusively agree that “[d]espite the happenstance of birth across the border, there is no question that Senator Cruz has been a citizen from birth and is thus a ‘natural born Citizen’ within the meaning of the Constitution” because he was born of an American mother.
  • No constitutional scholar believes Cruz is ineligible to be president.  Even Laurence Tribe and Thomas Lee, who are often cited as critics, believe he is eligible.
  • The threat of a lawsuit is not serious. Even if someone were to gain standing, a difficult first step, no legal expert believes that any court in the land would rule against Cruz.


Why Did Ted Cruz Vote Against Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)?

  • Cruz is for free trade. He believes that free trade, when done right, is good for American workers and the American economy. But in this case, there were two material issues that led Cruz to vote against trade-promotion authority, “TPA.”
  • First, there were growing concerns that our lawless president would use trade-promotion authority (TPA) to pursue treaties that would blow open our borders to immigration in ways that would harm American workers.
  • In particular, after the Senate first voted on TPA, WikiLeaks revealed new troubling information regarding one of the trade deals being negotiated by Obama: the Trade in Services Agreement, or TiSA. The administration publicly assured us that it was not negotiating on immigration, but several chapters of the TiSA draft exposed online made clear potential changes in federal immigration law. TPA would cover TiSA, and therefore these changes would presumably be subject to fast-track.
  • Before the first vote on TPA, Senators Sessions and Cruz were already concerned that the President could use TPA for backdoor immigration; they both introduced amendments to bar fast-track treatment for trade agreements that sought to impact immigration law, but they were denied votes on the amendments. The House ultimately inserted substantially weaker protections in related legislation, and by the time TPA came back for a vote in the Senate, Cruz did not trust the administration to protect our immigration laws against treaties.
  • Second, it became clear that , the Washington Cartel— through backdoor  deals—had secured votes for TPA by promising supporters of the cronyist Ex-Im Bank a vote to reauthorize that bank when it was set to expire. Cruz refused to be a part of the deception.


Did Ted Cruz Flip-Flop on Crop Insurance?

  • No, Cruz clearly stated his support for crop insurance during an interview in September 2015—months before the disputed vote. That vote occurred in December; he believed that he was voting for cloture on the Highway Bill and voted no because that bill allowed for reauthorization of the cronyist Export-Import Bank. It soon became clear, however, that the vote order changed, and Cruz had instead voted on a budget-related motion. When Cruz realized the error, he changed his vote to yes.
  • Months before that vote, during an interview in September, Cruz clearly expressed support for crop insurance. When asked whether he “support[s] crop insurance,” Cruz responded that yes, “there is an important federal role in crop insurance,” and noted that “there’s been a historic role” for the federal government in providing crop insurance.


Has Cruz Changed His Position on Ethanol?

  • Cruz did not change his position on ethanol—or anything else—for this election. Cruz champions an “all of the above” approach to policy that embraces all of the energy resources with which God has blessed America: oil and gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, and biofuels and ethanol. He will stop Washington from picking winners and losers through mandates and subsidies.
  • Cruz supports ethanol and will eliminate the EPA’s blend wall and all unfair government rules that harm Iowa corn farmers, but he opposes the RFS mandate and has consistently favored a phase-out over five years.
  • That is not a new position: Two years ago, in March 2014, Cruz introduced the American Energy Renaissance Act, which would phase out the RFS over five years.


Does Ted Cruz Believe Edward Snowden is a Traitor?

  • Yes, now that we know the extent of Snowden’s criminal conduct, Cruz believes that Snowden should be tried for treason. In early 2013,  we didn’t yet know the full facts, but Cruz said that, “If Mr. Snowden has violated the laws of this country, there are consequences to violating laws and that is something he has publicly stated he understands and I think the law needs to be enforced.” We now know that Snowden has violated the law and committed treason.
  • As Cruz recently explained, “Today we know that Snowden violated federal law, that his actions materially aided terrorists and enemies of the United States, and that he subsequently fled to China and Russia.  Under The Constitution, giving aid to our enemies is treason. By disclosing secret intelligence information to our enemies—helping terrorists evade our surveillance overseas—Snowden made it more likely that Americans will be killed. It is now clear that Snowden is a traitor, and he should be tried for treason.”


Did Ted Cruz Vote Against Funding Our Troops?

  • Senator Cruz has been an aggressive advocate for our servicemen and women in the United States Senate.
  • He voted for Senator Rubio’s budget amendment that would have raised the FY 2016 Defense budget from $620 to $697 billion.
  • He voted with Senator Rubio and their fellow Senate Republicans to support H.R. 2685, the actual Defense appropriations for FY 2016.
  • He fought to get the amendment into the FY 2015 NDAA to make the victims of the 2009 terrorist attack on Fort Hood eligible for the Purple Heart.


Is Cruz’s Tax Plan a Value-Added Tax (VAT)?

  • The Cruz Business Flat Tax is not a European-style VAT. A VAT refers to a sales tax, and Cruz’s plan does not include a sales tax. 
  • The Cruz Business Flat Tax eliminates the corporate income tax and the payroll tax, and is more transparent with a single rate that every business pays — no loopholes for special interests.
  • As Economist Steve Moore observed, “Here’s how it is different from a VAT. First, Europe’s VAT expanded governments because it was an add-on to the existing income – and payroll-tax system. That is what financed the Euro-welfare-state time bomb. By contrast, the Rand Paul and the Ted Cruz plans — let me shout this again — ELIMINATE the payroll tax and corporate taxes — entirely. The corporate tax is the worst tax ever. It is costly, it is riddled with loopholes that make some companies pay a lot and some pay almost nothing, and it destroys American jobs. The complete flat tax creates millions of jobs.”
  • Earnest S. Christian: The VAT Tax Scare Is A Hoax
  • Reagan’s Chief Economist Art Laffer says Cruz has one of the best tax proposals.


What Does Cruz’s Tax Plan Mean for Americans?

  • Under the Cruz Simple Flat Tax, Americans in all income groups will see a double-digit increase in after-tax income. The current seven rates of personal income tax will collapse into a single low rate of 10 percent. For a family of four, the first $36,000 will be tax-free. The IRS will be abolished, so there will be no more targeting of individuals based on their faith or political beliefs, and there will be no way for thousands of government bureaucrats to manipulate the system.

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