Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is the first high-profile figure to announce he is running for president. He made it official early this morning via a message on Twitter and then a speech where he mentioned Jesus Christ a few times. (Here's a good "things you should know about Cruz" list compiled by NPR.)
The so-called Tea Party hero isn't a fan, to say the least, of President Obama's executive actions on immigration. He'd like to gut all of them—both deferred actions for undocumented youth and adults brought here as children, and deferred action for parents of U.S. citizen or legal resident kids.
Prior to Congress finally approving a budget for the Department of Homeland Security, Cruz was on the bandwagon to include an amendment that would have dismantled extended DACA and DAPA, which were later temporarily blocked by a Texas judge, anyway.
He has, in the past, expressed will to "facilitate" legal migration, such as more visas for workers. "Immigrants deserve a better system in which they will be welcomed to the United States safely and with dignity," he says on his U.S. Senate campaign website. (Sounds like an all too familiar tactic to get the Latino vote.)
Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola, co-directors of the Dream Action Coalition issued this statement about Cruz's candidacy:
“The only policy Latinos hear from Ted Cruz is that he wants to end DACA for Dreamers, block DAPA for our parents, and obstruct immigration reform for years still. We reject Ted Cruz, which is sad, because while he is the first Latino to declare his candidacy, he may be the most anti-immigration candidate on stage during the debates.
While Ted Cruz has a Latino name and immigration in his past, that’s where the similarities between him and the Latino community end. While he may have taken over the niche left by Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann in leading the Tea Party, this doesn’t give him a serious chance at the presidency, and most likely he’s in the race in the same context as Donald Trump and Herman Cain: he’s there only to build his personal brand understanding he doesn’t have a real chance at winning the primary, let alone the general election.