Opinion / Politics

Ted Cruz Backs Deportation of Illegals—Smart or Bad Move?

Jedidiah on Ted CruzThis week, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz clearly backed the deportation of illegal immigrants in the country. The polling on this issue has been mixed. Take a look at two examples…

August 2015, Investor’s Business Daily:

The latest IBD/TIPP Poll asked 913 adults coast to coast if they “support or oppose mandatory deportation of illegal immigrants in the U.S.” Not surprisingly, 87% of Trump supporters back the proposal.

What’s surprising is that 59% of the overall public does as well. Mandatory deportation gets majority support in all age groups except 18-24, every income group, among both women and men, at every level of educational achievement, and in rural, urban and suburban regions.

More interesting still is the fact that 64% of independents and 55% of moderates support deportation.

August 2015, Pew Research Center:

In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in May, a solid majority (72%) of Americans – including 80% of Democrats, 76% of independents and 56% of Republicans – say undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in this country legally if they meet certain requirements. Last year, we asked a follow-up question of those who opposed granting legal status to undocumented immigrants: Should there be a “national law enforcement effort to deport” all immigrants here illegally? Just 17% of the public overall favored such an effort, including about a quarter (27%) of Republicans.

Is this deportation position a wise one for Cruz in the GOP primary? What about as a general election strategy? Clearly Cruz is trying to grab the microphone from Donald Trump right now, but is that the right approach? Tweet me @JedediahBila and tell me what you think.

Jedediah Bila is a TV host and commentator, author, columnist, and former professor and academic dean. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.


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