You never know what role, if any, you’ll play in the world of politics. As a Republican Activist in Texas, things can get interesting if you’re willing to get out and meet the people trying to shape our world.
In 2011, when then Candidate Ted Cruz participated in a Tea Party Senate Forum in Waco, I really didn’t know much about him, much less about his policies regarding immigration. I was especially concerned with this issue because it was the one no one was talking about. It was the 800lb Gorilla in the room.
Back then, Republicans didn’t want to deal with solving the immigration issue we have, and instead, continued to look the other way, sweeping it under the rug.
Because I didn’t know him well, and because I had already visited once with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst about immigration, I was curious to know Cruz’ position on what to do with those living among us. After the Forum ended I asked my right hand man, Tony Abad, a Cruz supporter at the time, if he could get him to swing by and do a short interview.
We sat for 21 minutes and discussed border security, Hispanics in the GOP, Immigration, the American Dream, National Security and the 14th Amendment.
As we began the interview, I was hopeful to get the answers I was looking for, but instead, on many occasions, he evaded my questions and shifted to a different topic. I was getting frustrated with his non-answers, and at times, the interview became a bit awkward.
When it was over, I felt as if he knew what he wanted to do, but didn’t think I needed to know his true plans. In the end, I never knew what his intentions were for those here illegally, so I published the only segment that seemed to be somewhat non-challenging, the 2 minute video of Ted Cruz talking about the 14th Amendment.
The rest of the video, I left on my laptop, for no one to ever see. Why? Because it would have seemed like an attack on Cruz, and I didn’t want to be perceived as an attacker. But today, especially after seeing how they operated in Iowa, I feel it is my duty to release the full interview so Americans can learn more about Ted Cruz.
Oh, by the way. One of the first acts of business Ted Cruz handled, was to submit an amendment to the Immigration Bill which stated that any person living in the U.S. illegally, can never become a U.S. citizen. I always wondered if he held that same position a few months earlier, when I was interviewing him and asking those questions. Or, did he just come up with that amendment overnight?
In Texas, there was a movement by many to resolve the issue at the Texas GOP Convention in 2012. There was a hard fought battle on the floor, into the late hours of the night. In the end, Texas Republicans adopted the Texas Solution, as a platform position. It was essentially, a documentation plan, with certain requirements, fees, and creation of new ID cards, with better security features. It was a plan that supporters of Ted Cruz despised.
At the 2014 Texas GOP Convention, the immigration plank was reversed and the Texas Solution dissolved.