Cruz Immigration Plan Strong on Enforcement, Caps H1-B’s

Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz unveiled his own comprehensive immigration plan recently and it has taken some observers by surprise.Ted_Cruz_by_Gage_Skidmore_4

Cruz hits all the important points the current Administration is ignoring when it comes to enforcement:

Border wall? Check. Biometric screening system at points of entry? Check. An end to sanctuary cities? Checkity check. Criminalizing visa overstays? Yep, that too. Strengthening E-Verify? Oh yeah. Nary an enforcement mechanism is left unmentioned.

Cruz has always defended legal immigration including higher caps on H1-B visas.  That’s why many were surprised by his proposals:

Suspend the issuance of all H-1B visas for 180 days to complete a comprehensive investigation and audit of pervasive allegations of abuse of the program: Initiate an immediate 180-day investigation and audit of the H-1B visa program and enact fundamental reforms of this program to ensure that it protects American workers. In recent months, more and more reports have become public of companies replacing American workers with cheaper foreign workers, contrary to the stated intent of the H-1B visa program. This will stop, and the H1-B program will be suspended until we can be certain that the program is no longer being abused.

Cruz lobbied for higher caps on H1-B visas during the 2013 amnesty debate so this is a major change in his thinking. He’s also been an outspoken voice for legal immigration so his proposal to slow or suspend legal immigration is another step forward.

Halt any increases in legal immigration so long as American unemployment remains unacceptably high. The purpose of legal immigration should be to grow the economy, not to displace American workers. Under no circumstances should legal immigration levels be adjusted upwards so long as work-force participation rates remain below historical averages.

There is one area where the Cruz plan is short of details.

Amazingly, his otherwise very detailed plan doesn’t address legalization. There’s language about deporting illegals who have criminal records and there’s vague language about enforcing the law, but Ted Cruz isn’t a guy known for circumlocution. He speaks plainly and eloquently about America’s problems. If he was intent on mass deportation instead of legalization, not only would his plan say that forthrightly, it would be emphasized at the very top in the security section. It isn’t. How come?