Ted Cruz in 2011: ‘Mistake’ for Conservatives to Try to End Birthright Citizenship

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Republican presidential Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump’s call for an end to birthright citizenship Wednesday, saying, “I welcome Donald Trump articulating this view. It is a view I have long held.”

Well, maybe not that long. Back in 2011, the then-U.S. Senate candidate from Texas sounded a lot closer to his GOP rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio on the issue in an interview with The Duke Machado Show.

“The 14th Amendment provides for birthright citizenship. I’ve looked at the legal arguments against it, and I will tell you as a Supreme Court litigator, those arguments are not very good,” he said. “As much as someone may dislike the policy of birthright citizenship, it’s in the U.S. Constitution. And I don’t like it when federal judges set aside the Constitution because their policy preferences are different.”

On the constitutionality on birthright citizenship, Cruz’s views haven’t changed (he believes an amendment is necessary to change the law). But where he has changed is that he also said it was a “mistake” to focus on the issue.

“I think it is a mistake for conservatives to be focusing on trying to fight what the Constitution says on birthright citizenship. I think we are far better off focusing on securing the border, because birthright citizenship wouldn’t be an issue if we didn’t have people coming in illegally,” he said.

Watch, via The Duke Machado Show:

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