Things That Matter

Ted Cruz Does NOT Deserve The Latino Vote And Here’s Why

Kyle Rivas / Getty

Tuesday’s Florida primary is fast approaching and Ted Cruz, the Canadian-born child of a Cuban immigrant father, thinks that his Cuban heritage is going to propel him to the top of the polls. Unfortunately for him, the numbers are saying, “Aw HELL, nah!” This is how Cruz has ticked off Latinos time and time again.

Ted Cruz is just as pumped up about building a border wall as Donald Trump.

Cc3BsjHWoAA9qwt
Credit: @indy100 / Twitter

Direct from the Ted Cruz 2016 website:

“A Cruz Administration’s first priority for immigration reform will be to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.”  The site says Cruz “will build a wall that works” because “the unsecured border with Mexico invites illegal immigrants, criminals, and terrorists to tread on American soil. I will complete the wall.”

Ol’ Teddy is also a big fan of tracking foreign visitors and immigrants like FedEx and Amazon packages…like, for real.

tumblr_n1b3pixAA91rrpj3po1_500
Credit: adweek / Tumblr / Old Navy

“Amazon and FedEx can track packages around the world with down-to-the-minute precision. Google can provide street-view maps of almost any address in the country,” Cruz argues on his campaign website. “It is unacceptable that our federal government cannot keep track of the foreign nationals who have entered the United States, particularly when millions of illegal immigrants currently in the United States entered legally but overstayed their visas – as several of the 9/11 hijackers had done.”

Despite what he’s been saying at the debates, Cruz low-key loves, and has even saluted, Donald Trump’s rhetoric.

giphy-1
Credit: catoinstitute / Tumblr

Clearly, there are some Latino Republicans that support Trump, but for someone trying to get the larger Latino vote, this position seems like political suicide, dude.

And he STILL says he will support Donald Trump as long as he doesn’t shoot somebody on 5th Avenue.

Credit: @ABCPolitics / Twitter

Seriously, Cruz?

Leading Latino activists and civil rights icons think he is EVERYTHING we don’t need.

tumblr_mgu2bgW6TM1rsd9coo1_500
Credit: awkwardlifeisawesome / Tumblr / Golden Globes / NBC

“They really don’t share the values of the Latino community even though they happen to be Latinos themselves,” civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, who’s no stranger to controversy herself,  told Newsday. “We have to vote our values and for the people who are standing up for us. We can’t vote for somebody just because they happen to be of Latino descent.”

The numbers are NOT in his favor proving Latino voters prefer Marco Rubio instead, even if he is a robot.

giphy-2
Credit: Were RIGHT / YouTube / FOX / The Simpsons

Ted Cruz has a -4 favorability rating with Latinos while Marco Rubio has +6 favorability rating with Latinos. Why? Well, here are the stats that you should know about Ted Cruz. Among Latino Republicans, Marco Rubio has a +34 favorability rating and Ted Cruz is at just +21.

Even his family is unsure how they feel about the Texas senator…just ask his daughter.

Credit: DOPEITSTOM / Vine

And his own mother, who needed to be coached into giving her son a hug for the camera, seems to be on the fence.

giphy
Credit: Ted Cruz For Senate / YouTube

Cruz ignores what the Latino community cares about… unless it benefits him.

Huh_wtf_uhm
Credit: hollyloolyablog / blogspot / Glee / FOX

“I think it’s an enormous blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression,” Cruz told The Daily Caller in 2011 when arguing against the Affordable Care Act. “Because you realize how fragile liberty is and how easily it can be taken away. As President Reagan said, liberty is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

BUT:

“If you’re a DACA recipient, you were brought here illegally, and violating the law has consequences,” Cruz told a DACA recipient in 2016 during a presidential campaign event. “One of the problems of our broken immigration system is that it is creating human tragedies and there are human tragedies when people break the law.”

READ: Ted Cruz’s Roommate Admits The GOP Candidate Is The Worst Possible College Roommate

Register to vote today by downloading the Latinos Vote app for iOS and Android. Our voice matters. #WeAreAmerica

Ted Cruz’s Legal Team Believes That His Fight For $10,000 Is The Same As Rosa Parks’s Fight For Civil Rights

Things That Matter

Ted Cruz’s Legal Team Believes That His Fight For $10,000 Is The Same As Rosa Parks’s Fight For Civil Rights

sentedcruz / Instagram

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is currently in a lawsuit against the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) because of $10,000. The senator from Texas is up against a long standing rule that politicians can only pay out $250,000 from election funds after an election for personal loans. Sen. Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000 and is willing to compare himself to Rosa Parks in an attempt to recoup the last $10,000.

Texas Senator Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is fighting with the Federal Elections Committee over $10,000 he wants back from his campaign.

Credit: @AdavNoti / Twitter

The rule, which has been in affect since 2002, states clearly that no campaign can use campaign finances to repay more than $250,000 in personal loans. Sen. Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000 the day before the election in his race against Beto O’Rourke and now he wants the full amount back. However, because of the amount that he loaned the campaign and the FEC rule, he is out $10,000.

So, obviously, Cruz has suffered as great of injustice as Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.

Credit: @pemalevy / Twitter

As an elected official that has run multiple campaigns, Cruz should be aware of the rules related to campaign finances. It is a rule that has been on the books for over a decade. Regardless of that, it is a startling example of how far removed some politicians are to the true plights of people of color and minority communities.

Sen. Cruz comparing his inability to recoup an additional $10,00 from his campaign to the plight of Rosa Parks and the people fighting for civil rights is grotesque. The legal team representing Cruz in the lawsuit claim that by not allowing Cruz to break the rule while knowing the rule is akin to infringing on his First Amendment rights. Let’s be clear, it is not.

The comparison between Cruz and Parks is deplorable but people are no longer surprised at how low Cruz can go.

Credit: @ferrodiabloC5 / Twitter

Cruz is someone who has made a career out of shocking Americans with his words. However, this comment by his legal team over $10,000 he spent on a campaign is the lowest of the low. The Civil Rights movement is still trying to make strides to protect and preserve Black rights and lives. Trivializing the movement over a campaign finance dispute is unAmerican and demeaning to an entire population.

People are comparing Cruz’s ridiculous comment to the ridiculousness of tv show characters.

Credit: @mk_ultros / Twitter

Cruz’s legal team is fighting the FEC for the money after the FEC claimed that Cruz was indeed injured by Section 304. However, the injury sustained by the rule, the FEC argues, was “self-inflicted” since he made a loan higher than the allowed pay out the day before the election. Had Cruz loaned $250,000 to his campaign, he wouldn’t have to claim to be a civil rights martyr for campaign finance.

The shocking comparison comes at a time when Cruz has voiced anger at Trump’s detention centers being referred to as concentration camps.

Credit: @saintpatrick71 / Twitter

We can only hope that Cruz will realize the gross injustice in the words written by his legal team. An apology for the comparison would be the most respectable move in this series of events, however, it will likely never happen.

READ: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz Are Considering Working Together To End Corruption In DC

Guatemala’s Groundbreaking Decision To Allow U.S.- Based Citizens To Vote Could Change The Way We Cast Ballots In The Near Future

Things That Matter

Guatemala’s Groundbreaking Decision To Allow U.S.- Based Citizens To Vote Could Change The Way We Cast Ballots In The Near Future

lili_v_corona / Instagram

Voting in every single election is a crucial part of voicing your concerns about how your country is run. It’s also the perfect time to dictate change, especially with presidential elections.

There’s so much corruption in Latin American — and in the U.S. — that the only way we can make a difference is by voting corruption out. That’s exactly what is taking place in Central America.

Elections are taking place in Guatemala and for the first time ever, 60,000 Guatemalans living in the U.S. will be able to cast their vote.

Credit: @Forbes / Twitter

“At least 60,000 were eligible to vote in Los Angeles, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C., all home to large numbers of Guatemalan emigres,” the Associated Press is reporting.

Aside from voting for a new president, Guatemalans will be able to vote for a new vice-president, 158 congress members, and 340 mayors. Guatemalans living in the U.S. will only be able to vote for the president and vice president.

These elections are extremely important as the three previous presidents have been charged with corruption.

Credit: @BoscoJI65 / Twitter

“There is a belief that instead of advancing in these four years of government, we’ve gone backward,” Marco René Cuellar, 39, told the New York Times. “We’ve lost our way as a country, but we should not lose faith in the democratic process we have.”

Furthermore, the next president can help bring peace to the country and end the mass exodus that is going on in Guatemala.

Credit: @WSJ / Twitter

Since 2016, more than 90,000 Guatemalans have been deported from the U.S, NPR reports, and thousands more make the trek back due to lack of work, violence, and poverty.

While voting is taking place now, the second round of voting will happen in August.

Out of 19 presidential candidates including a former First Lady and an indigenous woman, it looks like Guatemala will have a female leader.

Credit: @Reuters / Twitter

According to the Times, “Sandra Torres had captured more than 22 percent of the vote, followed by four-time presidential candidate Alejandro Giammattei with 16 percent.” They also report none of the candidates will secure 50 percent of the votes or more so that 22 percent is looking really good for Torres.  

READ: Here’s How These Huaraches Are Helping Guatemala’s Mayans Fight Pollution

Paid Promoted Stories