Cruz: Immigration Reform ‘Reminiscent of Obamacare’

by Andrew Stiles

Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) took to the Senate floor on Monday, just hours before a critical vote to advance the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform package, and blasted members of both parties for their “mad rush to pass this bill.”

“We have seen this play before,” Cruz said. “It is reminiscent of Obamacare, yet another bill that we were told we’ve got to pass it to find out what’s in it. And, unfortunately, it seems, there are some Republicans eager to go along with the Democrats in the mad rush to pass this bill.”

Cruz noted that during the 2007 immigration reform debate, nearly 50 amendments were voted on, whereas the Senate has considered only nine amendments to the current bill. Members of both parties, he said, were supporting the much-touted Corker-Hoeven amendment in an effort to find a “fig leaf” that allows them to claim they are acting to secure the border without actually doing so. “Fundamentally, this is about political cover,” Cruz said. ”It’s not about solving the problem.” 

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