“Such a policy is inconsistent with the promises Republicans made to the voters.”
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally,” said Texas’ U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz last month shortly after President Donald Trump mentioned the idea of offering a path to citizenship for “Dreamers” in exchange for Border Wall funding.
Cruz’s comments reminded many of his battle against Trump during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries, when then-candidate Trump was campaigning on a “big, beautiful” border wall that Mexico would pay for.
Cruz emphasized a hard-line stance against amnesty then, and derided as “amnesty” any plan now that might confer legal status or citizenship on people living in the country illegally.
So on Monday, Senator Cruz stood alone in voting against a GOP motion offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to start debate on a new immigration proposal to resolve the standoff over “Dreamers,” saying, “To do so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”
The 97-1 vote made clear the Texas Republican’s hard-line stance against President Trump’s proposal to grant a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.
And Cruz is facing a re-election challenge this year from Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso.
“The only no vote to begin debate on immigration was the Cuban that was born in Canada,” said Gilberto Hinojosa, chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, referring to Cruz’s birth in Canada to a Cuban immigrant father.
“Sinvergüenza,” said Hinojosa, a Spanish phrase that translates as “shameless.”
As president, Trump is still seeking upwards of $25 billion to build a wall and fund additional border security, even as he negotiates with Democrats to find a legislative fix for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which his administration has said it will end on March 5th.
Trump also is seeking curbs on legal immigration, which are contained in a bill being advanced by Texas’ senior GOP Sen. John Cornyn and other Senate Republicans.
Cornyn said the plan is designed to win bipartisan support, and overcome a Senate filibuster, which takes 60 votes.
“What I’m interested in is solving the problem, and that means not only a proposal that can get 60 votes, but one that can pass the House and be signed into law by President Trump.
“That’s simply critical,” Cornyn said.
“Such a policy is inconsistent with the promises that he (Cruz) and Republicans made to the voters, and is in fact further to the left of President Obama’s position,” said Cruz’s spokeswoman Catherine Frazier, adding it would be a “serious mistake” for Congress to pass legislation that grants a path to citizenship for those here illegally.
Senator Cruz wants to focus on securing the border, building the wall, and passing Kate’s Law and the El Chapo Act, both bills introduced by Cruz, Frazier said.
There are an estimated 124,000 Dreamers in Texas.
Source: Texas Politics