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Sen. Cruz releases statement on 'Gang of Eight Bill' vote

Sen. Cruz releases statement on 'Gang of Eight Bill' vote

POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 3:49pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 28, 2013 - 3:51pm

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding today's vote on S.744, the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill:

Unfortunately, all of the concerns that have been repeatedly raised about this bill remain: it repeats the mistakes of the 1986 immigration bill; it grants amnesty first; it won’t secure the border; and it doesn’t fix our broken legal immigration system.

This bill doesn’t solve the problem because the process it went through was fatally flawed– it was written behind closed doors with special interests; in the Judiciary Committee, the Gang of 8 and Democrats blocked all substantive amendments because of a previously cooked deal; and on the Senate floor, the majority blocked any attempts to fix the bill.

Further, in conjunction with Obamacare, the Gang of 8 bill creates a tax enalty on employers – effectively, up to $5,000 – for hiring U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. But that penalty does not apply to those with RPI status, giving a powerful incentive for job creators to hire illegal immigrants instead of U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. That is indefensible. I filed an amendment to fix this defect, but was blocked by Senate Democrats from receiving a vote on that solution.

Sadly, this bill won’t fix the problem with our immigration system and will only encourage more illegal immigration and human suffering.
I strongly support commonsense immigration reform that secures the border before legalization, fixes our legal immigration system, and upholds the rule of law. This bill isn’t it.

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Well at least Cornyn and Cruz voted against it. I have to admit I was wrong about them. I really thought they were both stupid enough to vote for that garbage sight unseen. Maybe there is some hope of shooting the bill down in the house, but I'm still skeptical about Jeb Hensarling. I think Jeb will jump ship like the 14 republican senators did.
Here's how they all voted:

I am 100 percent with Sen. Cruz on this.

The bill is a farce. It is there cause at mid-term the liberals and weak kneed Republicans can say they voted for it without any blowback for they know it will not pass the house.

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