Senator Ted Cruz On Immigration

“The amendment that I introduced removed the path to citizenship, but it did not change the underlying work permit from the Gang of Eight,” Ted CruzSOURCE

Cruz opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and the Obama administration’s new directive allowing many young illegal immigrants brought to the US as children to be exempted from deportation. SOURCE

“President Obama has decided this election will be a referendum on amnesty,” Cruz asserted. “We cannot solve this crisis at the border until we end President Obama’s amnesty.” SOURCE

“I think that is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed the rules, who have waited in line,” SOURCE

“And I think that’s unfortunate. I think right now, the single greatest impediment of common-sense immigration reform passing is President Obama, because I think there’s a consequence of insisting on a path to citizenship: It makes it far more likely that immigration reform will be voted down altogether, and that would be a very unfortunate outcome.” SOURCE

High-tech foreign worker visas:

“I was pleased today to offer legislation that would have improved and expanded legal immigration by dramatically increasing the cap for high-tech temporary worker visas.” SOURCE

On Immigration Enforcement:

“There is overwhelming bipartisan support outside of Washington that we need to finally secure our borders, enforce our laws, and stop the problem of illegal immigration…But that’s not going to happen as long as the president is ordering Border Patrol officers not to enforce the law.” SOURCE

On Obama’s Executive Amnesty:

“Republicans in Congress should use every tool at our disposal—our constitutional checks and balances—to stop President Obama’s amnesty…both Houses should use the power of the purse, which the Framers understood to be the most potent tool Congress has to rein in an out-of-control Executive.” SOURCE

On The Border:

“In 2012, President Obama lawlessly granted amnesty to some 800,000 people here illegally who entered as children. And the direct consequences of that lawlessness, of that amnesty, is that we’ve seen the number of children taking the incredible risks that are entailed with coming across the border grow exponentially” SOURCE

“With respect to securing the border, the Obama Administration has handcuffed the courageous men and women who serve in Border Patrol. Morale in ICE is at an all-time low because the political operatives leading this Administration are preventing them from doing their job and upholding the law.” SOURCE

“There is overwhelming bipartisan support outside of Washington that we need to finally secure our borders, enforce our laws, and stop the problem of illegal immigration,” he concluded. “But that’s not going to happen as long as the president is ordering Border Patrol officers not to enforce the law.” SOURCE

“This is a system that produces human tragedy,” Cruz continued. “And the most heartbreaking aspect of this gang of eight bill is it will perpetuate this tragedy. It will not fix the problem. It will not secure the borders.” SOURCE

 SOURCE: NumbersUSA