Republican senator Ted Cruz said Wednesday afternoon he is “long-term optimistic and short-term pessimistic” on the question of passing any immigration reform legislation. Speaking with Javier Palomarez, the president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texan presidential candidate said he considers himself a “proponent of immigration reform.” But, Cruz added, political leaders should focus on those aspects that have “bipartisan support.”
“I think we should address these issues one at a time,” Cruz said, arguing that there is consensus for securing the border and reforming the legal immigration system, but stopped short of saying what he would do for those illegal immigrants currently in the country.
“When it comes to immigration, I don’t think you have to solve every issue all at once,” he said.
Cruz spent much of the discussion on immigration reforming criticizing the way Barack Obama has approached the issue. The president, he said, has been exploiting the issue of immigration reform for political purposes. “What he’s doing is focusing deliberately on the most partisan, the most divisive issue on this debate,” he said.
“Neither President Obama nor the Senate Democrats want to solve this problem,” Cruz added. “They want to use it to scare the Hispanic community.”
Cruz, whose father immigrated to the United States from Cuba, said “there is no stronger advocate for legal immigration in the U.S. Senate” than himself. He cited his support for an amendment to the Gang of Eight’s 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill to expand the number of H-1B visas.
“When that amendment came to a vote, every single Democratic member on the Senate Judiciary committee voted against it,” said Cruz, who ended up voting against the Gang of Eight's bill. “I think the way to get something done is not to play the divisive politics.”
Republican representative Mike Coffman of Colorado was the No. 1 target for defeat by House Democrats in 2014. Making matters worse, he had been gerrymandered out of his solidly Republican district and was opposed by the most impressive candidate Democrats could recruit. His future as a congressman did not look bright. Yet he was reelected.
Republican Andy Vidak, the newly elected California state senator from Fresno, won a heavily Democratic and Hispanic district in last week's special election. The Washington Times reports that Vidak succeeded because he and other local Republicans showed up:
How do you succeed in wooing Hispanics without really trying? Rick Perry may have the answer. In 2010, running for his third full term, the Republican governor won the support of more than 400,000 Hispanic voters in Texas, his best performance to date. Perry didn’t need to win that many—Texas is still deep red, and he had won his last two elections pretty easily. But even had he needed the votes, it isn’t Perry’s style to make an explicitly ethnic pitch to a minority group.
Marietta, Ga. The 2004 presidential election was the Republican party’s high-water mark with Hispanic voters. George W. Bush received between 40 and 44 percent of the Hispanic vote that year. Bush lost Hispanic Catholics to John Kerry, but he overwhelmingly won Hispanic evangelicals, 69 percent to Kerry’s 29 percent.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the biggest change in employment over the last month affected black workers. In September, the unemployment rate for blacks was 13.4 percent. In October, that number jumped to 14.3 percent, an almost a full percentage point change, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Unemployment for whites remained steady at 7 percent.
Likewise, the unemployment rate remain unchanged for teenagers (23.7 percent) and adult men (7.3 percent).
MSNBC host Chuck Todd asked the co-chair of the Democratic party's convention, L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, why there are more Republican women and Hispanic governors:
"Let me ask you though, this one question, why is it that the Republicans have elected more women governors and have two Hispanic governors and the Democrats don’t?," asked Todd. "Don’t have as many women governors and don’t have Hispanic governors, why do you think that is?"
Tampa New Mexico governor Susana Martinez once worked a guard for her parents’ security business and, as she told the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, her father wanted to make sure she could protect herself.
“I carried a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum,” Martinez said. “That gun weighed more than I did!”
A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds "that economic issues -- particularly unemployment and economic growth -- are more important to Hispanic voters nationwide than immigration." That finding is true for Hispanic voters "Born outside the U.S.," "Parent born outside the U.S.," and "Self and parents born in U.S."
The Republican National Committee has released this web ad, which hits President Obama--because, under his leadership, "Hispanics are left suffering disproportionately under his economic policies," according to an RNC press release.