Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Policy & Issues

Dewhurst, Cruz disagree with Texas Republican's call for a guest worker program

See also

The question is if US Senator hopefuls former Solicitor General Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst views on immigration are productive ones. Clashing in a TV debate Friday they both dogged specific questions related to President Obama's new policy that clears the way for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children to live and work in the US without fear of deportation. Instead they called for border security, opposed amnesty and disagreed with the Texas Republican Party's call for a national guest-worker program.

"We have a crisis in illegal immigration, and the federal government must get serious about securing our borders", said Ted Cruz. "This latest Obama policy is nothing more than an attempt to enact back-door amnesty, and I categorically oppose amnesty".

But President Obama's recent policy does not confer any kind of permanent residence or amnesty, and is not a road to citizenship. Instead the Department of Homeland Security under a June 15 memo would grant eligible immigrant youth a two year work authorization that then would be renewable.

"It's a sensible thing to do", said Audrey Singer senior fellow at Brookings Institute, a center-right think tank based in Washington DC. "This is a group that just for human reasons and economic reasons it makes a lot of sense to provide legal status. With baby boomers retiring most of our new labor supply is going to come from immigrants".

Still, immigration is not only important to help offset the impending fiscal effects of the retirement of baby boomers, according to Robert D. Putnam, professor of Public Policy at Harvard, immigration is also associated with more rapid economic growth and enhanced creativity.

However, many Americans are uncomfortable with diversity, and in the short run immigration and ethnic diversity tend to reduce social solidarity and social capital. A study by Putnam finds, for example, that people living in diverse communities tend to withdraw from collective life, distrust their neighbors, and show a lower frequency of registering to vote, at the same time as they have more interest and knowledge about politics and more participation in protest marches and social reform groups.

You can follow Caroline on Twitter or become a fan by clicking on her Facebook page.

Comments

Advertisement

News

  • Baseball Hall of Fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown welcomes six new inductees
    Video
    Video
  • 2012 do-over
    If we were to re-do the 2012 election, a new poll suggests Romney would win
    Politics
  • Boko Haram
    Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of the vice prime minister of Cameroon
    World News
  • Ceasefire breaks
    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claims Hamas broke another brief ceasefire
    Gaza
  • Close call with CME
    Scientists tell how Earth survived a giant solar flare back in 2012
    Space
  • Comic-Con
    What's going on at Comic-Con? Get all the latest updates here
    Comic-Con

Related Videos:

  • Rick Perry
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518330876" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518330876&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Will it be immigration or Intimidation Reform?
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518109828" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518109828&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Denver Human Services has a better plan
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518298152" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518298152&autoStart=true"></div>