Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cruz Goes Full Frontal Trump On Deportation

by JASmius

Or "Ted Cruz officially joins the 'Washington Cartel'":

Ted Cruz asserted Monday night that he would “of course” support federal law enforcement agents actively looking for [illegal alien]s to deport.

“Of course you would,” Cruz told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. “That’s what [Immigrations and Customs Enforcement] exists for. We have law enforcement that looks for people who are violating the laws that apprehends and deports them.”

O’Reilly pushed Cruz to definitively answer whether he would “go look for them,” referring to [illegal alien]s in the country.

He then laid out a specific scenario for Cruz: a hypothetical father who “overstays his visa — and he’s got a couple of kids.” O’Reilly asked Cruz whether he, as president, would “send the feds to his house, take him out and put him back on a plane.”

Cruz responded: “You better believe it.”

That's quite a Chester impression to Trump's Spike, isn't it?

It's also most definitely NOT what Senator Cruz was saying a month ago:

Texas Senator Ted Cruz does not plan to authorize a special force to deport the [illegal alien]s currently in the country, he told CNN's Jake Tapper, setting up a policy contrast with Donald Trump....

Cruz, who over the past few weeks has specifically endorsed deportations after months of resisting, said in an interview that aired Sunday on State of the Union that the U.S. should catch those who came here illegally under normal law enforcement practices, not through round-ups of the estimated [thirty] million [illegal aliens] living in the U.S.

"No, I don't intend to send jackboots to knock on your door and every door in America. That's not how we enforce the law for any crime," Cruz told Tapper as his campaign bus ambled across northern Iowa....

"We don't have any system that knocks on the doors of every person in America," Cruz told Tapper. "We also don't have people going door-to-door looking for murderers. We don't live in a police state. We do have law enforcement."

Cruz indicated that he would only deport those who are apprehended, such as those who commit crimes or are caught by prospective employers without having immigrated legally. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement or Border Patrol agents could also apprehend those along the border. [emphasis added]

Cruz doesn't intend to send jackboots to knock on every door in America?  Looks like he does now.

And for one reason and one reason only: his South Carolina firewall did not hold, and now his path to the GOP nomination has slammed shut as tightly as Marco Rubio's did after New Hampshire.  The Texan is all but coming right out and saying it in this desperate, dare I say professional politician-esque, prostratory flip-flop.  The latter aspect of which is also Trumpesque, but his all-over-the-map meanderings are, evidently, somehow, one of his greatest strengths, not gestures of impotent weakness.

And that's a literally crying shame, because five weeks ago, Cruz had hit the illegal immigration "sweet spot".  I will reiterate here what I've said repeatedly in the past: A "deportation force" deployment moving against a tenth of the total population, legal and illegal, of this country is a fiscal, logistical, and political impossibility, and the attempt would be a public relations disaster.  IT.  WILL.  NEVER.  HAPPEN.  And Trump knows it will never happen.  It's is pure, grade A, 99 44/100% bullbleep.  But boy do his idiot followers slurp it all down, one turd after another, like doggie treats, and then go out and vote accordingly.  And Ted Cruz is desperate for those votes.  So he's sold his soul, tossed both his principals and rationality and even sanity overboard, and is now slobberingly dancing round Trump, even mimicing "Spike's", "You know where is it thirty million wetbacks?"

If we weren't talking the end of the Republican Party and the conservative movement and the country itself, I would be laughing my ass off.

If you want some good Cruz news, he's eight points ahead.....in Texas.

That's also the bad news, in case you were wondering.  But don't worry, it'll get worse.

Yes, I know that's the late J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman).  But that's close enough to make the point.

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