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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Trump - Rubio - Cruz: immigration candidates

Republicans who support either Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) or Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz (R-TX), for the GOP presidential nomination are overlooking the immigration problems these three candidates present.  

In fact, the only two GOP candidates who can prove they are in complete compliance with the US Constitutional requirement for natural born citizenship are Dr. Ben Carson and Governor John Kasich.  Obviously, Carson and Kasich are not GOP front runners, at this time, but they're qualified by the Constitutional standards to run for president. On the other hand, the three who are front runners for the 2016 nomination have issues. In fact, the Trump-Rubio-Cruz standards for running seem to apply to everybody else, but not to each of them individually. Each one will tell the media how they're qualified because they are American citizens but, in fact, maybe they aren't.  What's more important than whether or not they reach the "natural born" standard, their citizenship ambiguities demonstrate hypocrisy about immigration.
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Trump-Rubio-Cruz are three immigration-amigos, except they won't stand up for their heritages, to support immigration reforms.
Here's the truth: 

Donald Trump's mother was not a natural born citizen as described in the website

Donald Trump is the son of a Scotswoman. His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod was from the hebridean Island of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, from where she emigrated to America and met and married Frederick Trump, of German origin. Donald Trump was on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York. In other words, Donald Trump is second generation born with immigrant parents.

Senator Marco Rubio - Marco was born in on May 28, 1971, in Miami to Cuban-born parents who came to America following Fidel Castro's takeover. When he was eight years old, Rubio and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where his father worked as a bartender at the Sams Town Hotel and his mother as a housekeeper at the Imperial Palace Hotel. In 1985, the family returned to Miami where his father continued working as a bartender, until 1997, at the Mayfair House Hotel. Thereafter, his father worked as a school crossing guard, until his retirement in 2005. His mother worked as a Kmart stock clerk until 1995, when she retired.  In other words, Senator Rubio is an "anchor baby", born in the US to immigrant parents who secure their residency.  He's also born of immigrant parents.  Nevertheless, Senator Rubio's position on immigration reform makes no sense at all, he seems to slip slide along on this issue. In fact, given Rubio's family's history and their working class origins, he should be a star shining in favor of immigration reform, allowing a path to citizenship for people who qualify under the law. Unfortunately, Senator Rubio won't clearly state what his immigration positions are, but certainly his family's history should influence his opinion.

Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz was  born on December 22, 1970, at Foothills Hospital, in Calgary, Canada. His parents are Eleanor Elizabeth (Darragh), an American,Wilson and Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, a Cuban. In fact, Cruz's father was born in Cuba, and his grandfather was from the Canary Islands in Spain. His mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and is three quarters of Irish descent and one quarter of Italian descent. Clearly, Senator Cruz is the son of an immigrant father and born when his mother was living in Canada.  Therefore, it makes no sense whatsoever for Senator Ted Cruz to oppose immigration reform and prevent a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant people living in the US, obeying our laws, paying taxes and contributing to the growth of our nation's economy.

Nevertheless, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz speak about immigrants as though they were somehow born as descendants of the 1620, Pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts, on the Mayflower.

Hypocrisy reigns in the Republican party.Yet, the issue shows up like a failed blot on a Rorschach Test, an image gone wrong, when the leading candidates are direct descendants of America's growing ethnic melting pot.  

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