Skip to comments.Cruz introduces 'stop amnesty' bill
Posted on 07/17/2014 2:13:49 PM PDT by jazusamo
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday introduced legislation that would defund the Obama administration program that allows some illegal immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation.
Cruz is pressing to have the bill linked to the emergency funding that President Obama has requested to deal with the recent surge of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States.
"The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop President Obamas amnesty," Cruz said in a statement. "If we do not put an end to its expansion to the promise of amnesty that is the reason so many are coming then more little boys and girls will be trafficked, abused, and even killed."
Cruzs bill, the text of which was released Thursday afternoon, would prevent the federal government from spending money to process any new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows some people who illegally came to the country as children before 2007 forestall deportation for at least two years.
The bill would also restrict the government from authorizing any person to work in the United States who was not "lawfully admitted into the United States."
Cruz has blamed the DACA program for the recent flood of more than 57,000 unaccompanied child immigrants apprehended crossing the border this year. The bill refers to the program as being created "unlawfully" by the administration in 2012.
The administration has acknowledged the recent influx has been exacerbated by the spread of false information about U.S. immigration policy and has stressed that children entering the country now would not be eligible for deferred action.
The administration has also attributed the increase on violence and crime in Central America.
Cruz will also introduce a number of other proposals to speed up the deportation process of the recent flood of children and to allow border-state governors to send the National Guard to the border using federal funds. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has been making a similar call for years.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted Cruz's proposal on the Senate floor earlier in the day, saying the individuals who qualify for the DACA program are in the country legitimately.
What the junior senator from Texas said [is] were not going to do this unless we deport all these children who came here before, the so-called 'Dreamers,' he said. Once again we see there are no substantive solutions being offered by the Republican Party.
good for him and good for us!
Even if it makes it to the floor of the Senate (it won’t) it’ll never make it past Weepy John. If by some miracle it does, the POSOTUS will veto it.
Any idea why Cruz and Paul voted for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act?
Both barrels! That’s Immigration Reform I can get behind!
It’s not a declaration of war on Mexico...sadly.
I think military action is about the only workable solution right now.
If the dems refuse to pass any of this, they need to be accused of supporting child rapes, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, and the death of children because by welcoming them with open arms, that’s what they are doing. That’s the exact tactic they would take with the Republicans. Accuse them of murder etc., but in this case it’s true that they support the above.
Even if this does not pass....Cruz has effectively put it on record who supports the Air Obama program. Vote to kill this bill, and, you support Amnesty
One of the best on the Hill. Cruz continues to protect our interests.
Watch the GOP stab him in the back on this.
Jail those who employ illegals.
Without a doubt and jail is appropriate for those who employ illegals.
The vast majority of employers who hire them know full well they're illegals and use them to improve their bottom line.
Eventually, it will be possible to undo all of Obama’s damage. The hardest to undo will be the pathogens released into the United States population.