Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (born Dec. 22, 1970, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada), a Republican, is the junior senator from Texas.
Born to an American mother and Cuban father, Cruz attended elementary and high school in and around Houston, and graduated from Princeton University in 1992 and from Harvard Law School in 1995. Between 1999 and 2003, Cruz was the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, an associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, and domestic policy adviser on the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign. He served as solicitor general of Texas from 2003 to 2008; he was the first Hispanic and the longest-serving solicitor general in Texas history.
Cruz is the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. senator representing Texas, and is one of three Senators of Cuban descent.
Second Amendment rights
- The Second Amendment is not simply about hunting or target practice. It’s about protecting our lives, families and homes.
- When citizens cease to have the right to defend ourselves, we cease to be free. And now, as radical Islamic terrorists seek to attack Americans on our own soil, Americans’ right to protect our families and communities is all the more critical to our safety and freedom.
Secure the border
- Border security is national security. We need to secure the border once and for all. We need to reform legal immigration to protect American workers.
- As president, Cruz will stop illegal immigration. He will build a wall that works, triple border security, and put in place surveillance and biometric tracking to secure the border.
- Cruz will end amnesty on day one, will end catch-and-release, increase deportations, stop sanctuary policies and strengthen e-verify.
- Cruz will suspend and audit H-1B visas and halt any increase in legal immigration so long as American unemployment remains unacceptably high.
- Cruz led the fight in Congress to defeat the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, he has introduced legislation to stop illegal immigration, and he has outlined a detailed immigration plan to protect Americans.
- He introduced two bills to protect Americans from an influx of refugees who could be a national security risk, including legislation barring refugees from terrorist-ridden regions and legislation to recognize governors’ authority to protect the citizens in their states by rejecting resettlement of refugees in their state.
- Cruz introduced Kate’s Law to establish a five-year minimum sentence for those who illegally re-enter the country.
- With Jeff Sessions, he introduced the American Jobs First Act of 2015 to reform the H-1B program, curb abuse and protect American workers.
Defend the nation
- Cruz authored legislation urging the secretary of state to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.
- Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, he introduced the Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Act of 2015 barring refugees to the United States from any country, including Iraq or Syria, that contains substantial territory controlled by a foreign terrorist organization.
- He chaired a hearing for the Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts titled “Justice Forsaken: How the Federal Government Fails the American Victims of Iranian and Palestinian Terrorism.” This hearing focused on the federal government’s failure to support the American victims of Iranian and Palestinian terror in their search for justice.
- Cruz introduced the IRGC Terrorist Designation Act urging the U.S. Department of State to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization.
- Cruz sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner presenting a three-step approach to halt funds to the Iranian regime according to the terms of Corker-Cardin, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
- Cruz declared his intention to block all State Department nominees unless President Barack Obama provides written assurance that he will block the U.N. resolution approving the Iran deal until congressional review has run its course.
- He has twice introduced the Sanction Iran, Safeguard America Act to reinstate, impose and expand Iran sanctions and stop negotiations until Iran meets certain pre-conditions.
- Cruz has twice introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act, which seeks to prevent terrorists who join ISIS or other terrorist groups from re-entering the country and to make clear that citizens who collaborate with terrorists have forfeited their right to U.S. citizenship.
- Cruz introduced legislation to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. as U.N. ambassadors, which Iran had attempted by nominating Hamid Aboutalebi. It passed Congress unanimously and President Obama signed it into law.
- He opposed arming Syrian rebels, while supporting securing Syrian chemical weapons.
Stand with Israel
- A Cruz administration will on day one recognize Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and the U.S. embassy will be moved to Israel’s capital city.
- A Cruz administration will continue to support Israel’s regional military edge and make sure that, especially in light of the worsening security climate caused by Iran and ISIS, Israel has what it needs to defend itself.
- A President Cruz will reassess U.S. policy toward the Palestinian Authority. No American tax dollars should go to an organization that incites hatred against Jews and seeks to partner with the terrorist group Hamas.
- We should defund the United Nations if it continues its anti-Israel bias and withdraw federal funding from any American university that boycotts Israel.
Jobs and opportunity
- Under the Cruz Simple Flat Tax, all income groups will see a double-digit increase in after-tax income. The current seven rates of personal income tax will collapse into a single rate of 10 percent. For a family of four, the first $36,000 will be tax-free. The IRS will cease to exist as we know it and there will be zero targeting of individuals based on their faith or political beliefs.
- According to the well-respected Tax Foundation, the Simple Flat Tax will deliver an economic boost of tremendous magnitude. In the first decade, the Simple Flat Tax will:
- Boost Gross Domestic Product by 13.9 percent above current projections.
- Increase wages by 12.2 percent.
- Create 4,861,000 jobs.
- A President Cruz will approve the Keystone pipeline and similar infrastructures.
- We must remove federal impediments to energy exploration, development and trade.
Rein in Washington
- To shrink the size and power of the federal government, the Cruz Five for Freedom plan eliminates the IRS, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As president, Cruz will appoint heads of each of those agencies whose sole charge will be to wind them down and determine whether any programs need to be preserved.
- The Cruz plan re-institutes President Ronald Reagan’s Grace Commission to assess federal spending levels and evaluate areas of waste and fraud. Cruz would appoint private-sector leaders to serve on a commission to improve government efficiency. The original Grace Commission report recommended 2,478 “cost-cutting, revenue-enhancing” suggestions, without raising taxes, weakening defense or harming social welfare.
- A President Cruz will enact a balanced budget amendment and require that a majority of members approve any major cost-inducing regulation. He will reduce costs by instituting a hiring freeze and federal pay reforms.
Tuesday: Carly Fiorina