Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) met with conservative House Republicans this evening to urge them to vote against Speaker John Boehner’s immigration bill, because it doesn’t defund President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) policy and it doesn’t include language that would put an end to amnesty.
Cruz has said he would like House Republicans to defund Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, a suggestion Boehner has so far resisted. At Wednesday’s meeting, Cruz is expected to ask House Republicans to tell Boehner to include this in his plan or risk defeat on the floor and outrage from grassroots activists.
“The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop Obama’s amnesty. It is disappointing the border security legislation unveiled today does not include language to end Obama’s amnesty. Congress cannot hope to solve this problem without addressing the fundamental cause of it,” Cruz said in a Tuesday statement.
Cruz, who is mulling a 2016 presidential bid, met with House Republicans over breakfast last week to discuss immigration and border issues. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has also advised House Republicans to oppose Boehner’s plan.
Despite his call to oppose Boehner’s bill, Cruz puts the blame for the immigration crisis where it belongs – on President Obama’s shoulders. Here he is discussing it with Greta Susteren.