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Ted Cruz Has Held Onto Texas For Years As Senator And Here’s Why Texans Are So Hot And Cold With Him

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In a state that swells with Latino and American pride, it seems that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has been able to maintain some sort of trust with voters across the spectrum. His policies and actions continue to ring true to a set of ideas that many Texans, including Latinos, find admirable and necessary in the current political climate.

With that in mind, there must be something to explore on behalf of voters in Texas who find merit in Cruz’s leadership. Perhaps there is a silver lining that all communities can identify with because, without a doubt, Cruz is and will continue to be a major political influence in the coming years, potentially having an impact on what occurs in the presidential elections of 2020.

To give you an idea of how far his reach extends, here are 20 reasons why Texans either love or hate Ted Cruz.

He’s had a great education and career.

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Raised in Houston, Sen. Cruz earned a top-notch education at both Princeton University and Harvard Law. After college, Cruz worked as an attorney before serving as a political advisor for George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential election. Enjoying moderate praise and success from Bush’s time in office, Cruz bounced around between a few different positions, which included being the director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, Solicitor General of Texas, and then becoming a senator for Texas in 2013.

He’s a die-hard Republican from a deep red state.

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During his time in office, Cruz has executed some unorthodox tactics in regards to rallying against the liberal agenda. Perhaps one of his most famous moments came when he performed a 21-hour filibuster in 2013 against President Obama’s new healthcare plan. He urged his colleagues to cut funding for the bill, as well as reciting passages from his favorite novel to kill more time.

He’s a conservative celebrity.

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Overall, his escapades have catapulted him into the ultra-conservative spotlight, and in 2015, he officially announced his run for president in the 2016 election. He preached on about Christian values, how Trump was wrong for the Republican base, and that he would put the nation back on track. However, he would ultimately fall short of the Republican nomination, finally endorsing President Trump before his first national debate against Democratic candidate, Hilary Clinton.

He has Texan values.

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Based on what he preached during his presidential campaign, Cruz is a firm believer in “faith, family, patriotism…and the American Dream.” Especially for the Latino community in Texas, he claims that their values are conservative in nature and not accurately represented by left-wing ideals.

He claims to follow the Bill of Rights.

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When it comes to the rights of the people, he strongly advocates for the pillars outlined in the Bill of Rights. He believes in educational freedom and diversity, he supports the foundation of a free market economy with job growth and new opportunities, and he encourages the rehabilitation of the country’s environmental conservation and preservation strategies. With these considerations, Cruz seems like a noble representative for the betterment of the people, but when reviewing his policies toward social issues, in particularly Latino issues, his character quickly starts to fade.

He’s not a fan of The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

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One area of focus that speaks directly to Latinos and Americans alike throughout the state are issues regarding healthcare. Cruz staunchly opposes Obamacare, vowing to repeal the program and replace it with market-based reforms that create a more competitive array of plans to choose from. As for following through since his attempted filibuster, Americans are still waiting for him to name another plan.

He constantly changes his view on immigration.

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In addition, he wants to remove Obama’s amnesty approvals and secure immigration at the border, while cracking down on illegal immigration. His 2016 campaign put his strongly against helping people immigrate to the U.S. or become citizens if they already lived in the U.S. Although Texas boasts a staggering population of roughly 28 million people, stances like these against healthcare and immigration significantly hurt many of those who are Latino or below the poverty line.

He forgets that many Texans are uninsured.

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In the face of Cruz’s actions, it’s estimated that 1 in 6 Texans remain uninsured, according to various government surveys. Once Obamacare took effect in 2014, the state’s uninsured rate plummeted from 22 percent to 16 percent within a two year period. Once Republicans began repealing and attempting to replace the program (one of Trump’s main campaign promises that Cruz backed), uninsured rates for 2017 started to increase again.

Many of the uninsured Texans are immigrants.

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As of now, Texas is still the most uninsured state in the country, and a great deal of the uninsured are immigrants who are in fear of jeopardizing their legal status and eligibility to gain citizenship. This fear directly relates to the opportunities that Cruz wants to eradicate.

Immigrants boost Texas’ economy, but Cruz wants them out.

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Matching the statistics of those uninsured, 1 out of 6 Texans is also an immigrant, and in total, immigrants make up 17 percent of the state’s total population. In terms of numbers, 17 percent equals roughly 4.5 million people (over half of which are of Mexican descent) who contribute to a competitive economy in several industries. Despite this truth, Cruz actively supports legislation that disrupts the success of those trying to achieve a better life.

He even wants to deport “Dreamers.”

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Cruz has been highly outspoken against stifling the pathway Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to obtain citizenship.

The bottom line is that major aspects of Cruz’s political platform ostracize an important part of Texan values and identity. Nonetheless, he has still managed to gain sizable support in many demographics, while exhibiting counter-intuitive behavior that rallies against those in need.

His voting habits play a huge role in his popularity.

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As much as you would like to think that people vote according to a candidate’s beliefs and values, that’s only half the battle. According to a study done by Jon A. Krosnick of Ohio State University, most people vote for the political party that they identify with, regardless of who the nominee ends up being. Next, people will base their preferences off of their initial reaction to a candidate’s personality, intelligence, and trustworthiness. For Cruz’s sake, these principals work well in his favor.

Cruz has a Latino background by way of his immigrant father.

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Not only does Cruz have a firm track record of leading Texas since 2013, but his family history strikes a personal chord with many Latinos across the country. Cruz’s own father, an immigrant from Cuba, fled the communist country during the 1950s and moved to America with virtually nothing. He couldn’t speak English, had only $100 to his name, and washed dishes to help make ends meet. Eventually, he earned enough money to finance his college education and created a better life for his family.

Latinos can relate to Cruz’s history.

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The majority of Latinos can relate to his father’s humble beginnings, and with a name like Cruz, it pushes the envelope even more to a familiarity that’s easy to associate with. To help solidify this connection, after the election with O’Rourke was finished, Cruz requested that his polling team research how many votes each candidate received within areas where Latinos account for at least 40 percent of the population. The findings showed that Cruz lead in 39 of the 62 counties.

Cruz plays into Texan stereotypes.

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Aside from Cruz’s personal story, the other factor that keeps Texans wrangled into his herd is that Cruz plays into the Texas identity of trailblazing a rebellious path towards a new frontier. Much of the state honors the wild west originality of unrestricted gun laws and endless barbecues, and these stereotypes are qualities that Cruz himself admits. In an article written by the New York Times, Cruz says that “the ethos of [Texas] is, ‘Give me a horse and a gun and an open plain and we can conquer the world.'”

Publicly, Cruz tries to distance himself from Trump but votes the party line.

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Cruz has managed to walk a fine line between fully supporting Trump’s policies and maintaining his own integrity as a state senator. Although it’s important for him to gain the trust of conservatives who agree with Trump’s actions, Cruz makes it a point to meet with conservatives who are against the extreme right-wing agenda, creating flexibility for Cruz that adheres to all sides of the party. Interestingly enough, this ability to maneuver led to him finding more success in the 2018 senate race.

Beto O’Rourke gave Cruz a nailbiting run for his money.

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Despite O’Rourke being the most financed and most popular Democrats to run in Texas, Cruz was able to claim victory by a narrow margin. In the most expensive senate race in history, Cruz barely pulled ahead of O’Rourke, resulting in a 50.9 percent victory compared to O’Rourke’s 48.3 percent. Many people hoped that O’Rourke would win, but the truth is that he showed the nation how toxic Republican policies have become and it is changing the way Democrats run across the nation. A top Democratic strategist said that “Beto was a cause, not a candidate,” and this truth is what propelled Cruz’s likability for Texans who sought the leadership of someone with firm plans to help the state.

Cruz is willing to follow people to save his political career.

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For now, it looks as though Texas will remain a deep red state to some degree, but the momentum of the liberal mindset and the painstaking ordeals of the current administration could someday lead to a blue wave making considerable changes for an area in strong need of reform. However, Cis willing to change his views to protect his political career.

There is a lot of question around what Cruz thinks America should look like and his anti-immigrant comments are at the forefront.

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In some ways, it’s vital to not only look at the trajectory of Texas but to examine the direction of the country as a whole. It remains as a land of hope and opportunity for immigrants all over the world, and it protects the belief that perseverance and dedication can lead to a successful future. That being said, Cruz certainly embodies these demands and seeks to find a solution, even though it’s shrouded in Republican ideals.

Only time will show Cruz’s full impact on political discourse.

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Ted Cruz prides himself as one to uphold the values of his constituents and the country, and only time will reveal the kind of leader he ends up being or continues to be.


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Border Patrol Shocks Again With News That A Mother And Her Premature Baby Were Kept In Cages At Texas Immigration Facility

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Border Patrol Shocks Again With News That A Mother And Her Premature Baby Were Kept In Cages At Texas Immigration Facility

It seems like week after week we get news of another heartbreaking situation from behind US immigration facilities. Deaths of migrant children or trans detainees, outbreaks of infectious diseases, lack of access to proper medical care.

Sadly, this week is no different as we learn about the truly inhumane conditions currently being faced by immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A premature baby and its teen mother were found severely neglected at a Texas immigration facility.

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The 17-year-old girl from Guatemala was forced to have an emergency cesarean section in Mexico in early May. After the C-Section, the woman crossed the border with her baby on June 4. She told immigration lawyers who found her at a Border Patrol facility this week that people had carried her and her baby through the Rio Grande River, and that she had needed help getting into a Border Patrol car when they apprehended her.

Instead of taking the mother and premature baby to an intensive care unit or medical facility, Border Patrol took them to the McAllen processing facility.

According to the AP, they were held in an overcrowded McAllen processing facility that holds hundreds of parents and children in large, fenced-in areas and gained international attention last year when it detained children separated from their parents. Advocates describe them as cages and say they are extremely cold. The converted warehouse is the same location where a flu outbreak caused authorities to shut down the facility last month.

Only after lawyers for the mother went public with her story, did Border Patrol decide to transfer them to a private facility for proper care.

After the immigration lawyers went public with the conditions the mother and child were in—one told the Huffington Post that the mother had to sit in a wheelchair because of the pain from the C-section, that the baby was “weak and listless,” likely due to dropping body temperature, and that the child had not cried in five hours—Border Patrol suddenly decided on Thursday to transfer them to a private facility for underage immigrants.

People have taken to Twitter with reactions ranging from shock and disgust to horror and anger.

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Disgust was the most common reaction across Twitter with this story and, like, why wouldn’t it be? A US government agency allowed a teen mother still in pain from an emergency c-section and her premature baby to be held in cages rather then give them proper medical care.

Other’s have come out accusing the Republican-led administration of absolute hypocrisy.

I mean it seems like over and over the party is enacting legislation to ban abortion on a so-called mission to protect innocent life. But that alleged compassion disappears if the child is already born – especially to an immigrant mother.

People are so outraged that even the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had so step up and issue clear guidelines to avoid incidents like this in the future.

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It usually takes a miracle for the ORR to make any sort of positive change in favor of migrants, so this story definitely had a huge impact on people.

And it shows that if enough people speak out to help defend these migrants from such shockingly cruel conditions, change is possible.

While many pointed out on Twitter that they should of done the right thing for this mother and child from the very beginning.

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There is strength is numbers and the next time news of a story like this one breaks, remember the change we made possible before. And speak up again!

Twitter Is Defending A Texan Makeup Artist After She Was Harassed For Telling A Potential Client She’s Gay

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Twitter Is Defending A Texan Makeup Artist After She Was Harassed For Telling A Potential Client She’s Gay

While the country may be celebrating Pride Month, that does not mean haters and homophobes have gone into hiding. We’re seeing a surge of hate crimes against the gay and trans community, some of them as severe as resulting in death. The latest incident comes out of Texas.

A bride-to-be was planning to hire Kristian Cardenas, a hair and makeup artist out of Lubbock, Texas, but when she found out she was gay, she unleashed hateful words.

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Cardenas shared the appalling texts from a woman who was inquiring about hiring her for her wedding. In the now-viral tweet, the exchange between the two women seemed, at first, to be a typical conversation from a potential customer. Things turned for the worst when the woman pried about Cardenas’ sexuality.

The woman could not let it go that Cardenas was gay.

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The woman texted: “I have a few questions I was wondering if you could answer?”

“Yes, ma’am,” the 22-year-old replied. ‘What are they?’

“Are you gay?” she asked.

“Yes, ma’am, I am,” Cardenas said. “I’m sorry but what does that have to do with your wedding or my services?”

That’s when the lady went off on her.

According to Gay Star News, Cardenas blocked the woman’s phone number after that last text. She also said that the woman’s comment utterly hurt her.

“I cried and was so mad,” she told the publication, and added, “I have very tough skin and feel like I can handle a lot, but when she told me to change who I am and then she’ll book me, I got upset. It’s so sad that someone had to be so rude to me, and they didn’t even know me.”

Instead of retailing against the woman, Cardenas said she shared the texts to show people to be kind to each other.

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Someone on social media blamed Cardenas for sharing too much of her personal life on social media, saying “don’t get mad if people don’t like you for being different.”

She told them on Twitter, I” don’t like this. I am different, everyone is. No two people are the same. Openly sharing my life on my own social media shouldn’t be a bad thing. It’s not that I was offended for someone treating me “differently” it was that her remarks were unnecessary and hurtful.

The most amazing part of this terrible exchange, is that her story has a happy ending.

Fortunately, for every ill-intentioned person, there are hundreds reaching out to Kristian to offer support and kindness.

Kristian has said it has been hard to be accepted especially in Lubbock, Texas.

While this homophobic woman told Kristian she was sinning for being gay…

The lady made no sense whatsoever.

And she was harassed by this woman the entire time…

It’s as if she just wanted to piss her off. We hope she’s seeing the response she’s caused.

Kristian showed so much grace.

She held her composure.

And one thing is for sure, she’s going to get so much more business now.

Thanks, homophobic lady, because of you Cardenas is going to be rolling in clients.

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