Letters to the Editor

Ted Cruz deserves to be sent back to represent Texas in the Senate

Compiled by the Star-Telegram editorial board

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addresses his supporters during a rally, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz addresses his supporters during a rally, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas. AP

There has to be some refugee limit

The logic about refugees escapes me.

If the United States accepting 100,000 refugees per year is considered saintly and compassionate, while limiting the number to 30,000 is an evil to be blamed on President Donald Trump, then opening the borders to all must be even better.

The president has the information to intelligently decide while the do-gooder just has emotion.

We had a duty to accept the Vietnamese and the Laotians, because that was our war. With President Barack Obama, we had ISIS and bombs in Syria, but with Trump there has been an end to the bombs, thus ending the need for refugees.

In a recent Star-Telegram article, Ashley Paz, a trustee on the Fort Worth school board, resorted to calling the lower refugee ceiling policy racist. (Oct. 14, 1A, “Some ask if Fort Worth still ‘welcomes the stranger’ as refugee arrivals drop”)

Please ask the residents in East Fort Worth what they think of the influx of refugees before such talk.

Daniel Lee,


Ted Cruz shows Texas values

Sen. Ted Cruz’s character is exemplary. His Senate record has made Texas proud, and as a Texas solicitor general he successfully argued many cases on our behalf at the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the presidential primary, Cruz narrowly lost to Donald Trump while beating senators, governors, doctors and CEOs of large corporations.

On the other hand, Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s personal indiscretions and far-left views are well documented. His six years on the El Paso City Council left a lot of heartburn.

After six years in Congress, his most notable accomplishment is voting with two Californians, Rep. Maxine Waters and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 93 percent of the time on the 1,000-plus votes during the 2017-18 session.

Many Texans would say O’Rourke is “all hat, no cattle.” With views so opposed to those of Texans, perhaps he should run for office in California and stop embarrassing our great state.

Larry Wilder,

El Paso

This is what I value as a Texan

I will be casting my vote for Rep. Beto O’Rourke for senator. He believes in making sure health insurance companies cannot exclude people with preexisting conditions. My daughter and I both have preexisting conditions, and we both need health insurance coverage.

Sen. Ted Cruz does not believe in protecting people with preexisting conditions.

O’Rourke also opposes separating immigrant children from their parents and putting them in cages — one of the cruelest policies this country has ever implemented.

It is interesting that his opponent, Cruz, who was born in Canada to Cuban immigrant parents, has no problem with putting children in cages.

Linda K. Athis,

Fort Worth

Deal with immigrant realities

As an 18-year bilingual educator and current world languages instructional coach, I can list many reasons our immigrant population needs reasonable reform and a clear pathway to citizenship. However, you really need only one — student safety.

By no fault of their own, our immigrant children live in uncertainty. Many know only our country, which is now also theirs. They are learning English and Spanish. They are learning the history of our land and how to be exceptional citizens in it.

Politics aside, all students are our children. Let’s educate them and keep them safe. Their future depends on all of us.

Cynthia Rial Graham,