Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Is Ted Cruz Latino?


I had a great conversation last week about Ted Cruz with Alejandro Negron, the host of the Hispanic Agenda on Channel 8/Telemundo, who kindly introduced me as “a leading Latino conservative voice and advocate for Latinos inside the Republican Party.”

Alejandro started by asking me about the media voices saying Cruz is not really a Latino, and whether that is fair. Of course, I defended Cruz:

“It’s totally unfair, because it tries to create this perception that the Hispanic community is a monolithic community, that there is one Hispanic agenda that all Hispanics have to buy into,”  I told him. “To say that he’s not good on immigration, he’s less Hispanic, it’s ridiculous and I would say even condescending . . . Latinos are above that.”

Ted Cruz will not only push candidates like Rand Paul and Jeb Bush on the social issues, like life and marriage, but also on economic issues with his morally populist economic message. However, especially on the issue of immigration, GOP candidates have to present a balanced perspective:

It’s all right to talk about border security. It’s all right to talk about domestic enforcement. But they also have to address the big elephant in the room: the undocumented population. What are you going to do with undocumented immigrants?  In that respect, I think that Gov. Bush and Sen. Rand Paul have addressed that issue and said that we have to look at the undocumented population and find a way to bring them out of the shadows. Ted Cruz, in that respect, keeps saying we should only focus on border security, and that really doesn’t help him if were to become the nominee.

Alfonso Aguilar is the executive director of American Principles in Action’s Latino Partnership.

Alfonso Aguilar

Alfonso Aguilar is the Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. He is the former Chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship under President George W. Bush.

Get the Real News.

Big Tech keeps banning or shadow-banning us, so we have to keep innovating.

Drop us your e-mail, so they can't keep hiding our investigations from you.

Raheem Kassam

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

The National Pulse. will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.