If elected president, Cruz is promising to suspend for 180 days the H-1B visa program, which allows legal immigration for highly skilled foreign workers.
More generally, Cruz wants to hold off on any increase in legal immigration "so long as American unemployment remains unacceptably high." In his remarks, he emphasized his support for legal immigration, but said it "needs to be structured so that it serves America's needs, so that it benefits our nation rather than undermining our nation."
"Any request for extension of tourist visa filed at any international airport of entry and exit shall immediately be forwarded to the visa extension section of the Bureau of Immigration's main office or concerned sub-port or field office for appropriate action," an order issued by Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said.
"However, we have been getting reports that some of our immigration officers have been taking advantage of the passengers by charging them lower fees and diverting the money for themselves," immigration bureau spokesman Floro Balato said.
Pete Wilson than the son of immigrants, Suro favors imposing strict controls at the borders, penalties to bar arrested undocumented crossers from future entry to the United States, and making economic aid to countries such as Mexico dependent on cooperation in stopping illegal immigration. He suggests Latinos legally living in the United States take the lead in attacking illegal immigration, advocating .they point their fingers at illegals living in their communities.
At the heart of his analysis is the belief that Latino immigration today is different than any immigration before it, and that the failure of Latinos in the United States to climb out of the ghetto at the rate earlier immigrants did is the result of forces beyond their control.