These New Candidates Are Not From Your Father’s GOP

Published on August 24th, 2012

The Wall Street Journal
August 9, 2012

Your approving editorial "The Meaning of Cruz" (Aug. 2) about Ted Cruz's victory in the Texas primary runoff election makes no mention of Mr. Cruz's seriousness about dealing with mass immigration, both legal and illegal. He is one of the few who responded to a questionnaire sent to all candidates by the grass roots immigration-reduction organization NumbersUSA. Thus he is on the record for being against amnesty, in favoring robust measures (e.g., mandating universal E-Verify and denying federal funding for sanctuary cities) to drive illegal immigrants from our communities, and—mirabile dictu—in agreeing that legal immigration numbers must be greatly reduced.

Sensible measures at any time, these are no-brainers now when more than 20 million citizens are underemployed or unemployed, yet seven million illegal immigrants hold nonagricultural jobs that Americans certainly will do. We're adding about one million legal foreign workers every year.

His straightforward agreement with immigration policies favored by the vast majority of his fellow Americans can only enhance Mr. Cruz's attractiveness as a candidate.

Paul Nachman
Bozeman, Mont.

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