Texas Monthly by Nate Blakeslee
Excellent analysis of Ted Cruz's gamble in opposing immigration reform.
[Cruz] is betting that the Republican party can thrive without the Latino vote. Or, put another way, he is wagering that embracing the tea party is the way forward for the Republicans generally and that, contrary to what other conservatives have been preaching since Obama's reelection, no turn to the center is necessary for the party to take back the White House.
It is ironic that a Texan has emerged as one of the leaders of the opposition to the bill, since so much of the hard-line rhetoric about immigration reform is based on fallacies that fade away the closer you get to the border itself.
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Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, and whose father immigrated from Cuba, is not himself a product of the [Texas bicultural] tradition, and he seems, at times, to be espousing positions that are disconnected form the reality that Texans know well.