Cruz Lone Vote Against Senate Immigration Reform: Here’s Why

Sen. Cruz has his faults, just as everyone else.  However, he recognized the problem with taking this issue to the Senate floor for debate under McConnell’s leadership.  Unfortunately, other Republicans are thrilled to engage in “failure theater” in order to parade in front of the cameras to engage in a “pity party” crying “we tried, but couldn’t get it accomplished so we did the best we could.”


When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) threw his hat into the ring as a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, this writer criticized Cruz for ignoring the “natural born citizen” requirement contained in the Constitution for an individual to be president.  Naturally, this writer received great criticism from Cruz supporters, which was not surprising.  However, when it comes to issues before the Senate involving the Constitution, Sen. Cruz has, what many would call, a good voting record that adheres to the Constitution.  According to Conservative Review, Sen. Cruz earns a 90% liberty score.  On a school grading system, Sen. Cruz earns an “A.”

With Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell initiating the “failure theater strategy,” Sen. Ted Cruz cast the lone vote against bringing a debate to the Senate floor on immigration reform.

The article, Sneaky Snake McConnell Using Failure Theater To Undermine Trump Immigration Platform, outlined how the “failure theater strategy” could be used by McConnell as well as explained that strategy.

The 97-1 Senate vote will move the immigration reform debate to the Senate floor beginning the “failure theater strategy” scenario that will undermine Trump’s campaign immigration platform.

To clarify upon yesterday’s article, Trump’s campaign platform did not include amnesty or a pathway to citizenship for illegal alien invaders – DACA and DREAMERs – which Americans supported.

Now, Trump has waffled to speak about DACA affectionately while contemplating amnesty and a pathway to citizenship in exchange for border wall funding, disappointing many Americans who voted for Trump based on his campaign immigration platform.

The White House has not indicated what prompted Trump’s turn around.

On this issue, Trump should stand firm on his campaign platform regarding illegal alien invasion and changes to the immigration law that place Americans first, minus the E-verify system.

Breitbart reported:

Senator Cruz took the stand based on a long-held belief that there should not be a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Cruz’ spokesperson, Catherine Frazier told The Hill that the senator “believes it would be a serious mistake for Congress to pass legislation that grants a path to citizenship for those here illegally.”

“Such a policy is inconsistent with the promises that he and Republicans have made to the voters, and is in fact further to the left of President Obama’s position,” Frazier explained.

Despite Cruz’ vote on principle, the House bill which will be used as a vehicle for Senate debate will move forward. Debate is expected to begin on Tuesday.

A group of senators brought forward a plan by President Donald Trump that provides an estimated 1.8 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a pathway to citizenship. In exchange from the dramatic departure on policy, President Trump seeks $25 billion in border security and other changes to the U.S. immigration system. Those changes could include an end to the visa lottery system and chain migration.

In order to for the bill to move forward in the Senate, at least nine Democrat senators would have to join with all 51 Republicans to create a 60-vote majority. Senator Cruz has already indicated his no-vote and it is likely that other Republicans might not support the measure.

There is no indication if Democrat senators will accept the border security funding and changes in immigration policy to obtain the long-sought amnesty for the so-called “Dreamers.”

Sen. Ted Cruz was the lone republican to take a stand against pushing this “immigration reform” to the Senate floor for debate where McConnell could initiate the “failure theater strategy” by initiating the rule (his rule) the Senate start with an empty bill then insert whatever measures and proposals produces a 60-vote majority.

Giving credit where credit is due, Sen. Cruz recognized the tactic made famous by House Majority Leader John Boehner being used by McConnell and ilk to once again shaft the American voters.

But, the question remains, “why not enforce the immigration laws in place now and rescind “chain illegal alien invasion,” the visa lottery, the anchor baby provision, and foreign work visas?”  That is only a four-line bill.

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