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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Statement on Immigration Reform Proposal
U.S. Senate ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Sen. Ted Cruz

Posted on 01/28/2013 3:39:16 PM PST by kristinn

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding today’s bipartisan immigration reform proposal:

I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 113th; aliens; amnesty; cruz; hispandering; illegalimmigration; rinofest; shamnesty; teaparty; tedcruz

1 posted on 01/28/2013 3:39:28 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Considering the condition of the country I’m not sure streamlining the process is a good idea but this guy makes perfect sense about the path to citizenship.


2 posted on 01/28/2013 3:43:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: kristinn

The whole thing is theater. Another sell out. Republicans won’t get any more “credit” from the Hispanic community than they did when Reagan signed the ‘86 amnesty. This is a win only for the Dems. The GOP had their shot in W’s first term and a half and squandered it as they did in so many ways.


3 posted on 01/28/2013 3:45:01 PM PST by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: kristinn

Why is it only poor/middle class white people have to obey the law?


4 posted on 01/28/2013 3:49:01 PM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: newzjunkey

Cruz is just providing cover to the fact that Boner has agreed to pass the Senate-Obama Amnesty Plan:

Boner’s Math:

200 House RATS + 18 House RINOS = Amnesty Passes


5 posted on 01/28/2013 3:50:01 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: kristinn

Hw are we to ensure the integrity of OUR elections? Not that we do a great job of that now...but IF this gets through..it better make CRYSTAL CLEAR that CITIZENS, born or naturalized are the only voters in our elections. Voter ID must reflect citizen status.. I think I’m going to be ill.


6 posted on 01/28/2013 3:55:23 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: jimbo123

That is only your opinion. Time will tell. Cruz is not a Beohner lapdog!


7 posted on 01/28/2013 3:55:46 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: kristinn

Perfect statement. If the GOP had even an ounce of brain matter available, they would put Sen. Cruz before every camera they can find and have him repeat this same statement over and over.


8 posted on 01/28/2013 3:58:27 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: newzjunkey
The GOP had their shot in W’s first term and a half and squandered it as they did in so many ways.

The really sad thing is, 9-11 provided the absolute perfect reason to lock down the borders. The illegal immigration issue would have been largely solved by this time with that one single action. No amnesty, pure border security - and there wouldn't have been squat the Democrats and media could have done about it. The public would have fully supported such a common sense policy in light of the terror attacks on September 11th. We could have completely changed the status quo on illegal immigration. Unfortunately Bush preferred the path of open borders and amnesty.

9 posted on 01/28/2013 3:58:43 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: lonestar

Cruz isn’t a lapdog for Boner but he knows Amnesty is a done deal in both the Senate and House.

House will vote:

200 RATS + 18 RINOs = 218 For Amnesty
217 GOP/Other Against

Amnesty passes with 218 Votes out of 235. If Rats pickup empty house seats, then Boner only needs 15 RINO votes to pass the bill.


10 posted on 01/28/2013 4:05:11 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Correction: Amnesty passes with 218 Votes out of 435.


11 posted on 01/28/2013 4:07:25 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Tzimisce

in a few states whites are now the minority and white folk are certainly the only people who suffer the consequences for breaking a law. No equal justice = no longer a legitimate country


12 posted on 01/28/2013 4:11:02 PM PST by drypowder
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To: jimbo123

Then we need to get rid of some of the Democrats.


13 posted on 01/28/2013 4:12:47 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

Instead we’ll see fossil Juan McLame and bipartisan Jeb.


14 posted on 01/28/2013 4:15:44 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Tzimisce

Creating an effective employment verification system to ensure that employers do not hire illegal immigrants.

THAT reads like a Gustapo Bureau and a NATIONAL ID card for all residents and visitors.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 4:18:57 PM PST by PizzaDriver ( on)
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To: drypowder

Turns out many who wanted fairness really we’re fine with unfairness and discrimination...they just wanted it directed at whites.


16 posted on 01/28/2013 4:19:54 PM PST by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: kristinn

Every new illegal on a ‘path to citizenship’ will be counterbalanced by another unemployed American teenager on a ‘path to drug dealership’, and/or a ‘path to gang membership’.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 4:22:32 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: Longbow1969

The long term political problem is not solved by this bill. Fine, we legalize illegals.

Then, next year, hundreds of thousands come across the border. They are illegal despite the law. They start agitating for amnesty. And the same ol’ same ol’ repeats itself.

Without shutting down the border, none of the other stuff works. Conservatives will never have a chance at the Hispanic vote without a border shutdown because the irritant will not go away.


18 posted on 01/28/2013 4:24:51 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Longbow1969

........The really sad thing is, 9-11 provided the absolute perfect reason to lock down the borders. ............

A most excellent point!

We all try to live with the lost legacy of so many supposed leaders!


19 posted on 01/28/2013 4:27:27 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: kristinn
I do not think that we need to “fix our broken immigration system”. Our current system is working as it is now. They say that it is Slow and keeps a lot of people out of the USA. Well that is the point, However we have 11-30 Million people that have bypassed the current system due to a total lack of border control.

As Sen. Ted Cruz states;”To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally”

So now we will make a “law” allowing the Illegals to become Legal? Only in the USSR of the USA.

20 posted on 01/28/2013 4:31:05 PM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416)
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To: Longbow1969

At the rate we’ve been going, I’m surprised we haven’t had another, even much worse 9-11.


21 posted on 01/28/2013 4:40:16 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. The 2nd Amendment is the First Human Right.)
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To: jimbo123

You will find that Cruz does not give cover.

Just heard Rubio on Lou Dobbs talking about Cruz’s statement.

Both Cruz and Rubio have some good sounding ideas, none of which are amnesty.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 4:42:52 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: jimbo123

Read the statement. Cruz says he is not happy with the “path to citizenship.”


23 posted on 01/28/2013 4:52:30 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: kristinn

It takes Cruz, brand new there and hispanic himself, to be the only one to say what is perfect common sense and morality.

I can’t think of a good reason based on morality or what’s best for the nation, to treat illegal aliens as though they are the most wonderful people on earth for sneaking in here and taking advantage of America when they have their own countries, and when this is NOT a good start to being a good citizen.


24 posted on 01/28/2013 4:55:34 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Williams

Off topic I know, please forgive. What’s the difference between a liberal and a communist?


25 posted on 01/28/2013 5:09:57 PM PST by austinaero
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To: X-spurt

Rubio wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal saying he supports amnesty and he was part of the gang of 8 that signed onto the Amnesty bill that came out of the Senate today.

The so-called “Gang of Eight” includes four Democrats — Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado – and four Republicans - Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Jeff Flake of Arizona.


26 posted on 01/28/2013 5:29:30 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: cripplecreek

US relations with Mexico or for that matter any country

When is the treatment of American citizens in Mexico and their rights vs US treatment of Mexicans going to be an issue when we discuss amnesty ?

Ever hear of reciprocal aggrements ? These are arranged to protect the rights of American citizens working or living in other countries.

Why is it when it comes to citizens of other countries we are required to offer them the same privledges as we do to US citizens? But when it comes to US citizens who get in trouble or attempt to do business in other countries they do not get the same treatment their citizens get.

Americans can’t own coast land in Mexico. And get no title to it elsewhere. If they run out of cash they’ll get unceremoniously sent back or put in jail untill some relative comes up with the “fresh”. That’s just for starters as for granting them voting privledges yea let’s give Mexican citizens that right when American citizens vote in their elections .


27 posted on 01/28/2013 5:32:46 PM PST by mosesdapoet (.Should this former Chicago "Mechanic" go out of retirement ?)
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To: ModelBreaker

Cruz’s bluster is trying to deflect attention from the 15-18 RINOS in the House who are going to vote with 200+ RATS to pass Amnesty.

If Cruz was honest, he would be calling out the 15-18 RINOS and telling everyone to let them know that they will pay for siding with Boner and the Democrats.


28 posted on 01/28/2013 5:38:22 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Maybe, but on LDobbs he said he was not for any illegal getting a head start on citenzship ahead of anyone trying to legal immigrate. Am pretty sure he did say “no amnesty”. His proposal was to require quite a few hoops just to getting a temporary work Visa with no guaranteed path to citizenship, no welfare, no free rides.


29 posted on 01/28/2013 5:50:28 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: jimbo123

“Amnesty passes with 218 Votes out of 235. If Rats pickup empty house seats, then Boner only needs 15 RINO votes to pass the bill.”

You seem in a BIG HURRY to give up. That would be the strategy of a TROLL, but I won’t accuse you of being such (just yet).

The FACT is that the Dems had a much stronger Amnesty majority in BOTH the House and Senate in Obama’s first two years and STILL didn’t do anything.

So instead of trying to DEMORALIZE us FReepers before things have even begun, how about you join the fight, or just shut up. We have enough on our plates just dealing with the media.


30 posted on 01/28/2013 5:55:56 PM PST by BobL
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To: BobL

Just a dose of reality, Spanky. The deal is done and you should grow up if you don’t realize it. If you want to fight, the people that need to feel the pressure are the 15-18 RINOS that are already in Boner’s pocket. As well as the additional 15-20 RINOS who could be convinced to go along with them but are on the fence. Spending any time and effort on anyone but the RINOS is a waste of effort.


31 posted on 01/28/2013 6:30:09 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: kristinn

Cruz is head and shoulders above Rubio. Cruz is a consistent conservative because he approaches it as a philosophy he holds deeply—not a buffet line of choices.

Rubio . . . .


32 posted on 01/28/2013 6:36:23 PM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: kristinn

Cruz is a real immigrant (like me) and is absolutely offended at giving lawbreakers something that people who follow our US immigration laws do not get....a Free Ride to citizenship

Only if Cruz was US born. Hey we should get him to become Canadian premier


33 posted on 01/28/2013 6:37:30 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: jimbo123

“Just a dose of reality, Spanky. The deal is done and you should grow up if you don’t realize it.”

If I were a troll, I would be saying EXACTLY what you’re saying. So what’s the difference?

By the way, are you saying the same for the gun grab? After all, it doesn’t take too many RINOs to pass ANYTHING.


34 posted on 01/28/2013 6:38:00 PM PST by BobL
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To: X-spurt

Both Cruz and Rubio have some good sounding ideas, none of which are amnesty.


Rubio is PRO-AMNESTY and AMNESTY LIBERAL. When he was Speaker of the Florida House he was killing bills that would have given Florida tough anti-Illegal Alien laws like Arizona and Alabama. Rubio is Amnesty Liberal...and this latest bill is AMNESTY


35 posted on 01/28/2013 6:41:13 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Longbow1969
The really sad thing is, 9-11 provided the absolute perfect reason to lock down the borders. The illegal immigration issue would have been largely solved by this time with that one single action. No amnesty, pure border security - and there wouldn't have been squat the Democrats and media could have done about it. The public would have fully supported such a common sense policy in light of the terror attacks on September 11th. We could have completely changed the status quo on illegal immigration. Unfortunately Bush preferred the path of open borders and amnesty.
Quite true. But idiot pubbies supported Bush. He was horrible. In 1995 we had bipartisan support for reducing immigration and dealing with illegal immigration. Newt killed the Jordan Commission and teh Bush brothers called stopping welfare for illegal aliens "racist". The primary voters in 2000 screwed the country royal. Just like the retards who supported McCain thinking he was anti-illegal.
36 posted on 01/28/2013 6:44:55 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: BobL

Gun grab is DOA. The RINOS don’t want it. Many House RATS don’t want it either. Maybe Universal checks, maybe, but nothing more. I’d bet against it.


37 posted on 01/28/2013 6:45:11 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

I agree...but I saw a few Dems (maybe Reps too) flip their positions - to our side, once they heard us. That’s why I don’t like to give up before the fight begins.

I agree the votes may be there today, but they are NOT voting on Amnesty today. In fact, I WAS SURE they would get it passed in 2009/2010, with the HUGE DEM majorities they had at the time, and with the President supporting it. But they weren’t even able to get a watered-down Dream Act passed.

So give the people a chance to speak before giving up...please.


38 posted on 01/28/2013 6:53:31 PM PST by BobL
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To: kristinn

Well obviously the extended unemployment is going to be stopped as a part of this bill since we must have very low unemployment to bring in 11 milliuon illegals to work.


39 posted on 01/28/2013 6:58:33 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: austinaero

The speed at which they accomplish their common goals?


40 posted on 01/28/2013 7:02:00 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: kristinn
"To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally." That would have made sense once upon a time. But we've traveled through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. See the signpost up ahead? We're now living in Bizarro World. This guy would have considered himself lucky to slop burned coffee at Starbucks ten years ago.
41 posted on 01/28/2013 7:17:41 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: kristinn

Glad I’m from Texas. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t worship the ground Ted Cruz walks on, but he sure brings up some good points.


42 posted on 01/28/2013 7:25:27 PM PST by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: rfp1234
Every new illegal on a ‘path to citizenship’ will be counterbalanced by another unemployed American teenager on a ‘path to drug dealership’, and/or a ‘path to gang membership’.

Bingo! This is the problem with all of these illegals. When I was a kid, all of the fast food joints around were staffed by my friends or their friends. Now they are staffed by illegals. Today's teens are not able to learn about work. So they end up as adults with few marketable skills.

They tell us that the illegals do the jobs "Americans won't do." If it weren't for vast numbers of Americans getting free food and housing from the government, you'd be surprised what Americans would be willing to do in order to eat.

Now we have a permanent dependent class. Zombies, for lack of a better word.

43 posted on 01/28/2013 7:40:45 PM PST by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

You know Rubio better than someone from Texas.

Maybe your SHOUTING was a bit overplay, when I hear a liberal they never sound like Rubio. When I hear Rubio, it never sounds like a liberal.

Obviously you disagree on Floriduh’s rules on illegals. Regardless of the State, the attractions to the USA are jobs, jobs, jobs which are paying a lot more than Latin America and of course our buffett of social freebies.

Unless we figure out how to “legally” have Latinos able to work here, we will either have illegals or be very dissapointed with the work from unskilled people as long as the reparations graveytrain is rolling.


44 posted on 01/28/2013 8:24:32 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: X-spurt

Why just Latino illegals? Maybe we should throw in some Haitians, too? What....you don’t like a Haitians? Too dark for you?


45 posted on 01/29/2013 3:18:02 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: kristinn
I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system.

The only thing BROKEN is the fact the federal government has continually ignored the Constitution!

It was NEVER meant for the federal government to intimately direct every aspect of citizenship. They were ONLY supposed to make a uniform rule for naturalization for the States to follow!

'Illegals' are what the Founders called denizens , and they are under the singular jurisdiction of the State! Until denizens apply for citizenship, they are NOT *immigrants*, they are alien residents!

The common law has affixed such distinct and appropriate ideas to the terms denization, and naturalization, that they can not be confounded together, or mistaken for each other in any legal transaction whatever.
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The power of naturalization, and not that of denization, being delegated to congress, and the power of denization not being prohibited to the states by the constitution, that power ought not to be considered as given to congress, but, on the contrary, as being reserved to the states.
St. George Tucker

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THIS is why the States are flooded with people they have no control over....THIS is why we're forced to live with the criminal element importing itself from other countries....and THIS is why the federal authority will never make the situation any better.....because the feral federal government will NEVER admit that their 'amnesty' and regulations concerning 'illegals' are unconstituional exercises of power!

46 posted on 01/29/2013 4:49:07 AM PST by MamaTexan (To follow Original Constitutional Intent, one MUST acknowledge the Right of Secession)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Used “Latinos” as an example considering 90 something % of the immigrant workers are from South of the Border.

As to any from Hatee, they won’t work in their own country, they only come here for a better free ride, the Work Visa without government social program candy won’t be a big attraction.

Your insisting on being a screeching nitpicker just to make a point does not lead toward any resolution.


47 posted on 01/29/2013 7:03:13 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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