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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 19

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Ignacio Cruz

Economic Development Director
19,109 votes (11.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Immigration Reform
  • Pro Life
  • Strong Military

Experience

Experience

Profession:Government Relations / Author / Business Owner
Business Owner, iiJewelers (2018–2020)
Director General of Regional & Economic Development, State Government of Hidalgo — Appointed position (2016–2018)
Director of Constituent Relations, Senate of Mexico — Appointed position (2014–2016)
Director of Planning, Ministry of Planning and Metropolitan Development of Hidalgo, Mexico — Appointed position (2010–2014)
Advisor to the Governor, State Government of Hidalgo, Mexico — Appointed position (1999–2005)

Education

University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy Masters of Planning, Urban Planning and International Economic Development (1998)
Universidad Iberoamericana Ph.D. / ABD, Political Science & Sociology (1996)
University of Southern California Dornsife B.A., International Relations (1994)

Community Activities

University Advisor, Various Universities Abroad (1999–2018)
Founder, The Cruz Foundation (2004–2012)

Biography

Raised in San Jose, California, attended college in Southern California and focused on e,powering people in their lives.  A Government Relations professional and administrator working internationally for nearly 20 years addressing issues in economic development, trade, immigration and extreme poverty in the public and private sectors.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Ignacio Cruz:

We currently have enoough money in our budget for infrastructure investment. We must reduce excessive spending and reduce our federal budget, as well as our debt. hubdreds of billions of dollars are wasted each year on all sorts of programs and tax benefits to corporations earning billions. By eliminatinig the loop wholes written by corporate lobbyists we can assure that everyone pays their fair share of taxes and by reducing our debt, we will pay less on that debt which will also save us billions. Our federal government is full of massive waste and we must start eliminating all that waste before its to late.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Ignacio Cruz:

I support the policy proposed by President Trump to eliminate regional monopolies on healthcare insurers and open up all regions to all companies, as well as anti trust laws, that would increase competition and reduce prices. 

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Ignacio Cruz:

I propose motivating illegal immigrants to return to their country of origen by assisting them with training in business and politics so they can help transform their countries (Latin America) and builing a big beautiful wall to secure our border. Currently, the US spends billions in USAID worldwide and hundreds of millions in countries like Mexico and Central America. We can use those funds, as well as bill these nations for tax dollars spent on their people, to motivate illegal immigrants to return. Those that accept, can eventually return legally, but not have a path to citizenship and no illegal immigrant should have a path to citizenship simply because its promotes a never ending cycle. We must be very strict on this issue because if we are not, illegal immigration will never end.

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Contributions

Total money raised: $5,615

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Ignacio Cruz
$5,250

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.50%)
Small contributions (6.50%)
93.50%

By Type:

From organizations (100.00%)
From individuals (0.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am Conservative and I believe in a strong America. I believe we need less government and less taxes in our lives. As a Capitalist, I am anti Neoliberalism which mean that I do not believe corporations should have free reign of our economy or allowed to earn billions withour paying taxes. Politicians cannot make it profitable for corporations to leave the country and them import their products tariff free back into the country. During the last 50 years neoliberalism has destroyed the middleclass and the only man that has done anything about it is President Trump. The Book, The America First Doctrine: Guiding the American Family, goes into some detail about the neoliberal destruction. 

Position Papers

Immigration Reform

Summary

A new approach to addressing the illegal immigration issue.

Illegal immigration must be stopped and that begins with immigration reform and border security. Recently, the president announced he would be imposing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports and could go as high as 30% if they didn’t stop all the illegals coming up from Central America. It was evident that the Mexican government wasn’t doing anything to stop the flow of illegal immigrants from entering their country and making their way to our southern border. And to make things worse, Mexican authorities were actually providing those illegal foreigners with food, shelter, money and transportation all the way to the U.S. border.

President Trump did the right thing by not allowing those actions to go unpunished and sent a clear message to our southern neighbor that we will no longer ignore their anti U.S. trickery. Many people don’t see it this way, but Mexico is a failed state and promotes illegal immigration as a way to compensate for its complete failure as a government. And to make things worse, they have a deep and secrete hatred towards the U.S. that’s been simmering for who knows how long and they always root against us in world affairs. One way they create opportunity for their people is by promoting illegal immigration through federal programs that match funds sent home and used for social projects like roads, schools, clinics and so on.

Mexico is a corrupt and underdeveloped country and those are root causes of illegal immigration. According to data from various sources, they estimate anywhere from 12 million to 22 million illegal foreigners are currently living in our country.[i] Our strategy must focus on the southern border, as well as addressing the root cause that’s driving so many people to our country and that means fighting the corruption in Mexico that’s responsible for the extreme underdevelopment throughout that country. If we start charging Mexican politicians with corruption, sending them to jail and expropriating their assets within the U.S., we will send a message that will resonate sooner or later.

We need to be tough on Mexican politicians and prosecute the vast number of corrupt politicians, at all levels, when they enter the U.S. This will, in theory, reduce the corruption over time and bring more honest people into their government. As a nation, we need to be proactive on this issue because it directly affects our national security, social stability and economic wellbeing. Something like $400 billion a year is spent on illegals in the U.S.; from education, medical services, law enforcement & other public services, not to mention the drugs that are destroying entire communities and the criminals that are endangering our lives. That is a direct result from the corruption in Mexico. That government does nothing for its people and expects them to give up and leave in search of a better life, and that’s exactly what happens. They want less people in their country to deal with and spend less on social programs so they can focus on projects that will generate income through corruption. That’s how every level of governments operates in Mexico and there is no politician down there that isn’t corrupt. Any elected politician that has control of a budget is a crook, whether it’s a federal deputy, senator, governor, president, cabinet secretary, university president, or mayor. I will also include in that group of corruption the vast majority of business leaders at the local, state and national levels. Corruption is just part of the culture and their legal system can’t and won’t do anything about it.

The corruption is so endemic in Mexico that it’s accepted as normal in politics and business. Governors in Mexico easily embezzle hundreds of millions of dollars per year for their personal wealth. By the time they leave office, six years, they are among the riches people on earth. Recently, a former governor of the state of Mexico, had over $70 million dollars in cash seized from one of his massive properties in the State of Jalisco and rumor has it that it was actually over $250 million dollars in cash that was seized at that property, but the difference was never officially reported. When money like that is seized, it usually goes to the President and others at that level because corruption in Mexico starts at the top.

            Those corrupt politicians from Mexico spend their riches in the U.S. and in Europe, buying property and living the high life while their people suffer. And it’s ultimately us, the U.S. taxpayer, that’s stuck with the bill because we pay the cost of illegal immigration created by their corruption. We need to put them in jail, set many examples and use any money seized to promote economic growth in rural areas where illegal immigration begins, and we need to be very proactive in going after those corrupt politicians. (Full position in The America First Doctrine: Guiding the American Family - Available on Amazon).


[i] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0201193

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