Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fierce opponent of the Obama administration’s policy of de facto amnesty for certain illegal immigrants, offered a possible remedy Tuesday. Citing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, which allows young illegals to remain in the U.S. with little threat of deportation, Cruz called on GOP leaders to include legislation in an upcoming spending bill that would end the Obama-backed program.
Lawmakers will vote on a continuing resolution this month that will provide interim funding for the federal government. Cruz asserted that DACA could be thwarted if such language is added to the integral vote.
“I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the president from illegally granting amnesty,” he said.
That includes, but is not limited to, requiring Congress to vote on the matter as part of the impending measure, Cruz explained.
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He concluded that “it would be appropriate” to take such steps, explaining that legislators “should use every tool at our disposal.”
Problem w/Sen. Cruz idea to defund Obama’s DACA is Obama will still break law+not deport illegals.
— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) July 31, 2014
While he believes the initiative is important, Cruz stopped short of indicating whether he plans to vote against the overall bill – or advise other House Republicans to – should his prescribed language be omitted.
“I have a habit of waiting to actually see what’s in legislation before I make a decision whether I will support or oppose it,” he explained.
Lawmakers are back in session this week and are considering the details of a continuing resolution expected to fund the federal government for the next three months.
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