Ted Cruz: Journalists Wouldn’t Be So Blase’ On Illegal Immigration If Their Jobs Were Being Taken

Ted Cruz had one of the best answers during the Tuesday night debate

(Breitbart) During the November 10 Republican presidential debate, Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) suggested that reporters and news anchors who do not see illegal immigration as a threat would change their tunes if the people crossing the Rio Grande had journalism degrees and threatened to destroy the financial livelihood of those who work in the mainstream press.

He observed: “When the mainstream media covers illegal immigration they do not see it as an economic issue, but I can tell that for millions of Americans watching this [debate] at home it is a very personal economic issue.”

He said, “I will say, the politics of it would 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, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.”

Cruz added, “And I will say for those who believe people ought to come to this country legally and [that] we should enforce the law, we’re tired of being told [that that position] is anti-immigrant.” He said “it’s offensive” to be told upholding legal immigration and enforcing the law is somehow “anti-immigrant.”

Illegal immigrants are helping deflate wages for American citizens. They commit crimes like rape and murder. Many are involved in identity theft. By one report, illegal aliens cost the United States #113 billion per year, with an annual cost of $1,117 per legal born citizen. Roughly $52 billion is spent on education for illegals, money that could be spent for the education of US citizen children. And, let’s face it, most illegals do not pay income tax, and the few who do receive refunds to zero their costs out.

John Kasich had the worst, playing the “think of the children” card

“Think about the families; think about the children,” Mr. Kasich said. “Come on, folks, we know you can’t pick them up and ship them across the border. It’s a silly argument. It’s not an adult argument.”

How about thinking about the children of those who are here legally, who are citizens? They come first.

On the economy, Rubio had one of the best lines

The debate was also a prime opportunity for the Republicans to distinguish themselves as economic thinkers with new ideas to create jobs or lower the national debt, $18 trillion and counting. But few of them left powerful impressions. Mr. Trump and Mr. Carson staked out their opposition to a $15 minimum wage but offered no new proposals to help poor and working-class people. Mr. Rubio agreed with them on the minimum wage but argued that higher education and vocational training must become more accessible and be aimed specifically at increasing wages.

“Welders make more money than philosophers,” Mr. Rubio said. “We need more welders and less philosophers.”

Too many are spending tens of thousands of dollars to receive 4 year college degrees in soft disciplines, degrees akin to the mythical “basket weaving” degree. However, at least a basket weaving degree has value. You’ve learned a marketable skill. You can make very nice baskets which can be sold for money. What do people do with anything ending in “studies”? Hiring managers will see those degrees and say “humm, that looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Time to send out the “thank you for applying, but we’ve gone a different direction” email.” It’s nice that everyone is being pushed to get an education, but, maybe they should be pushed to learn something that will get them a job.

Jeb! was halfway decent, and the debate avoided the typical attacking each other that was featured in the previous debates. Chris Christie wisely spent quite a bit of time attacking Hillary during the undercard debate, doing himself a big favor. Overall, it was a much better debate, focused on the issues, rather than personalities and gotchas.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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