Naturally, Democrats have seized upon the controversial topic of illegal immigration as another opportunity to vilify Republicans as anti-immigrant, cold-hearted hypocrites. Figures that evil Republicans would break up families and deny opportunity to these poor souls — especially when the United States historically has been a nation of immigrants.
The catch, of course, is that in this line of talking points, Democrats conveniently conflate legal immigrants with those living here illegally — breaking the law in being here.
And it seems to me there’s surprisingly little correction of this central detail to combat the Democrats’ false narrative. We would expect the liberal media to let that slide, of course. But wouldn’t it be good to see more GOP candidates and leaders call out this fundamental point?
GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz appears to be on a roll in highlighting this message in his own articulate, powerful and resonant way. His comments on this topic in last night’s GOP debate sent positive sentiment among GOP voters soaring.
Via The Blaze:Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz struck gold with his comments on immigration at Tuesday night’s debate, delivering remarks that resonated well with a Fox News focus group composed of New Hampshire primary voters. “The Democrats are laughing, because if Republicans join Democrats as the party of amnesty, we will lose,” Cruz said.
“And, you know, I understand that when the mainstream media covers immigration, it doesn’t often see it as an economic issue,” he continued. “But, I can tell you for millions — of Americans at home watching this, it is a very personal economic issue. And, I will say the politics of it will be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”
Cruz then hit things home with a line that drew loud applause from the crowd.
“And, I will say for those of us who believe people ‘ought to come to this country legally, and we should enforce the law, we’re tired of being told it’s anti-immigrant,” he said. “It’s offensive.”
Those remarks, and that final line in particular, performed well with the Fox News focus group.
“Watch how high the lines climb,” pollster Frank Luntz commented as he showed the dials.
Watch the focus group (relevant portion around 3:00 minute mark):
Besides making the key distinction between legal and illegal immigrants, Cruz’s point about the economic impact of American citizens also seems to have been lost in much of the dialogue around the topic. Kinda similar to how the potential catastrophic impact of a flood of Syrian refugees coming here is superseded by the focus on the “humanitarian” crisis facing this group of largely solo young men, many of whom sympathize with ISIS.
We — all of us — need to make sure these points are not obfuscated in the discussion, and Ted Cruz shows us the way. We have reason and the well-being of American citizens on our side. Let’s use it to help us take back the White House in 2016.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]