Cruz Missiles 01: Immigration

The blogger Stefan Molyneux has decided to join the piling-on of attacks on Ted Cruz. He has assembled probably the most thorough collection of attacks yet, in a video that spans a full 1.5 hours with about three dozen screens full of alleged Cruz wrongdoings. He calls this video “The Truth About Ted Cruz” but…

It is not exactly truthful — and deserves careful attention, which I propose to give it. If you’d care to follow along, you may find yourself rather more appreciative of Ted Cruz as a result. There is far too much to attempt in a single day, so I’ll spread this out. I’ll try to tag these so that later, you can find something of interest quickly.

I have nothing against Molyneux personally,  though some evidently do; I’m favorably inclined toward much of libertarian thought in general although I understand that he is at the anarchist edge of this philosophy. I’ve had little exposure to him before, and I confess to some disappointment in his cavalier handling of the facts in this video.

First, a link to the attack video itself:

Ted Cruz and Immigration

Now the first screen of interest, at about 9:19 in. You may wish to back up a couple of minutes and listen to his commentary as he develops the points on the screen:

At 9:19

The Proposed Amendment

First, there was not one proposed amendment, there were several. Here are more that he proposed. Each of these was aimed at fixing a specific aspect of the proposed amnesty bill, or demonstrating that the bill was not as its proponents represented. He and others, mostly his partner in opposing this bill Jeff Sessions, proposed a total of 77 amendments to this bill. Taken together, they would fix the amnesty bill’s major problems and restore border security, or they would expose the hypocrisy of the Congressional left. A later screen in Molyneux’s video admits that there were other amendments:

The amendments were successful in the exposure of hypocrisy, at least. Despite the protestations of the Gang of Eight that citizenship was not crucial to them, they rejected any attempt to remove it. Even if the amendment in question did ONLY that.

Narrow Focus on Hypocrisy and Broken Promises

On the amnesty bill, note that Ted Cruz was not submitting long amendments trying to do a bunch of things at once (like the amnesty bill itself). Instead, each amendment was narrowly focused. But the narrow focus of any particular amendment does NOT mean that Cruz accepted everything else in the bill!

Very quickly, the Gang of Eight demonstrated that they were not going to accept amendments at all. This left Cruz free to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the Gang of Eight, including most particularly Marco Rubio who immediately upon election had begun going back on every campaign promise concerning immigration, which had been a large campaign issue for him.

Poison Pill

Note here that it is not the Cruz amendment(s) that formed the “poison pill” — that was already in the bill. They didn’t expect it to pass, and they DID expect to use it as a talking point.

There was no question in the mind of any observer at the time that Rubio was pushing for amnesty, and Cruz was the central person opposing it. This re-imagining of history is silly, and no one making the argument now thought so at the time.

Rubio’s recent defensive gambit is so much sophistry, and he knows it. So do the media and establishment figures who have piled on. And so too, I believe, does Stefan Molyneux.


Of course, Cruz’s “statements that appear to support legalization” are ones that focus on other aspects of the bill, such as amnesty and border control. But his position has always been clear, unless you look back from years later and cherry pick statements, particularly regarding the battles with the Gang of Eight.

Legal Immigration

There is one element on this screenshot that reflects a point on which Ted Cruz did change his position. He had originally suggested a substantial increase in H1-B work visas, and a doubling of legal immigration. I had similar positions myself, but I was alarmed (as Ted Cruz evidently was) to learn that H1-B visas were being used to import cheaper tech labor, forcing Americans to train them, then firing the Americans. Disney was exposed as a major example of this.

On that basis, my position changed. So did that of Ted Cruz, who now supports limiting H1-B visas while an investigation into the practices surrounding these visas is completed.

I have no problem with this, as it suggests a realistic adaptation to a problem as opposed to an inconstancy of position.

And for those still not convinced that Ted Cruz was an implacable opponent of legalization of immigrants, here’s a video of him attempting to submit one of his amendments to the amnesty bill:

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • tannngl

    This is what has made me oppose Rubio. He lied. Outright. He said Ted Cruz was for amnesty but the Gang of 8 was not. Many in the twitter verse also challenge with the same thing. Smoke and mirrors. We’ve got an honest constitutional standing man in Ted Cruz and I’m with him. In PA, I’ve collected signature petitions. But now his petitions have been challenged for ‘not natural born’ and the signatures. You expect the signature challenges.
    I’m standing firmly with him.
    Thanks for helping to dispel some of the smoke on Gang of 8 and Cruz.