GOP presidential hopefuls are ratcheting up the ad war to determine who’s the toughest — or perhaps craziest — on immigration.
One day after Donald Trump released his first TV ad using footage from the Moroccan border to support his position on Mexican immigration, Ted Cruz countered with his own take on the issue with a video that shows an army of mostly white-skinned actors pretending to be lawyers and journalists crossing the Rio Grande with briefcases and high heels.
Cruz seems to be arguing that if people in positions of power felt their jobs were threatened by Mexican immigrants, they would do more to tighten the borders. The whole ad is provocatively classist and racist.
“The politics would be very very different if a bunch of lawyers and bankers were crossing the Rio Grande,” Cruz says in the ad. “Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”
On his website, Cruz goes more into the details of his “plan to stop illegal immigration.” The candidate proposes building a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, tripling the number of border patrol agents, adding boots on the ground, and improving aerial surveillance technology. He also calls for an end to Obama’s executive actions to protect immigrant families, and the elimination of birthright citizenship.
It’s no surprise that Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, is adding a flare of TV drama to his immigration plan. The Texas Senator is known for his unconventional ads. Cruz recently launched another TV spot where he reads Christmas stories to his two daughters titled “How Obamacare Stole Christmas” and “Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer.”