Ted Cruz's new national spokesman hired an illegal immigrant from Australia to work for the California Republican Party in 2007, Jennifer Kerns at The Blaze
The illegal, Michael Kamburowski, sued the federal government after being jailed for visa violation. Kamburowski also brought aboard a Canadian through the controversial H-1B visa program that technology companies often use to displace American workers, The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2007.
Cruz's campaign announced Wednesday that it had hired
the spokesman, Ron Nehring. He replaced Rick Tyler, who was fired after promoting a video that falsely raised questions about Marco Rubio’s faith.
Nehring, 45, once headed the California Republican Party and was a member of the Republican National Committee. He also unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor of California.
Kerns notes that in March 2007, as chairman of the California GOP, Nehring hired Kamburowski as chief operating officer, according to the Chronicle.
Kamburowski came to the United States in 1995 on a tourist visa. That year, he began working as a vice president of Americans for Tax Reform, the Washington-based group headed by Grover Norquist.
He remained there — overstaying his visa and without a work permit — through 2000.
In 2001, U.S. immigration officers discovered that Kamburowski was in the country illegally. He failed to appear for a deportation hearing and was ordered to be deported, the Chronicle reports.
Three years later, immigration officials arrested Kamburowski when he applied for a green card in New York after marrying a U.S. citizen.
He was jailed for 29 days, released on bail — and later granted legal status because of his marriage, according to the Chronicle.
In 2005, Kamburowski filed a $5 million wrongful arrest lawsuit against the federal government. The case was pending when Nehring hired him in 2007.
A federal judge dismissed the case in April 2008. Kamburowski resigned from the GOP in July 2008, the Chronicle reports.
In June 2007, however, Kamburowski hired the Canadian, Christopher Matthews, as deputy political director under the controversial H-1B visa program.
Matthews had been a consultant since 2004.
Nehring came under fire for both hires, especially in light of Republican efforts to stop illegal immigration.
"Our job at the California GOP is to build the most effective campaign organization," he told the Chronicle in June 2007. "And the fact that we have two people on staff who want to become Americans ... is a great story that is at the heart of what the Republican Party is all about."
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Friday for appearing to soften his stance on the H-1B visa issue during Thursday's GOP debate in Detroit.
The Texas senator told reporters before a campaign appearance at the University of Maine that Trump's position would allow immigrants to "take away our jobs."
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