Cruz: Immigration Bill Will Make Problems Worse
on Tue, 21 May 2013
Upon the passage of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the bill will make America’s broken immigration system even worse.
Cruz said he wants real immigration reform, not this bill.
“I want common sense immigration reform to pass,” Cruz said. “Our immigration system is broken and I think there are large bipartisan majorities that want it to pass, but this bill has two major problems."
"Number one," he continued, "it doesn’t stop illegal immigration. If anything it makes the problem worse by not securing the border and by incentivizing future illegal immigration.
"Number two, I believe in its current form, the bill will not become law, and if Congress cannot pass immigration reform, that is a terrible outcome.”
Cruz added that the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats opposed all measures that would make the bill stronger and move it in the direction of real immigration reform.
“Unfortunately, every Democrat on this committee voted against measures that would put real teeth into border security and that would have improved legal immigration,” Cruz said. “I hope when this bill goes to the floor of the Senate, those who want immigration reform to pass will look to bipartisan areas of cooperation to improve this bill and to fix the problem.”