Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama Is Biggest Obstacle to Immigration Reform

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2  Updated at 6:49 am, June 10th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As the debate on immigration begins before the full Senate for the first time, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has become one of the most vocal opponents to the current bill.  But Cruz says the true obstacle to immigration reform is not him, but President Obama.

“The biggest obstacle to passing common-sense immigration reform is President Barack Obama,” Cruz tells  ABC News, going on to say that the White House’s “insistence” on including a path to citizenship is standing in the way of the bill’s ultimate passage.

“The path the White House is going down, I believe, is designed for this bill to fail,” Cruz says.  “It is designed for it to sail through the Senate and then crash in the House to let the president go and campaign in 2014 on this issue.”

Over his six-month run in the Senate, Cruz has developed a reputation for not toeing the line with party leadership, and has even been called a “wacko bird” by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Though Cruz says he’s not sure exactly what a “wacko bird” is, he’s not rejecting the name outright.

“If standing for liberty, if standing for free market principle and the Constitution makes you a wacko bird, then, then I am a very proud wacko bird,” Cruz says.

Underscoring his hard-line approach, Cruz says he won’t compromise on his stance against a path to citizenship despite calls from many Republicans that passing an immigration reform package is necessary for the party’s success in the 2014 and 2016 elections

“Leadership in both parties is what has gotten us in this mess, and I think we ought to be doing our job and standing for principle regardless of the politics,” he says.

When asked if he has ruled out the possibility of leading a filibuster against the immigration bill this week, Cruz did not directly answer the question, except to say that “there are going to be lots of efforts to change, to amend, and to improve this bill.”

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  • Robin Cousens

    Senator Cruz, PLEASE keep fighting for America. It makes my blood boil to think that we have no problem awarding people that are breaking our laws. No to amnesty it will kill our great nation. We are cutting hot meals for our brave men and women overseas that are making the ultimate sacrifice for this country and yet we award and give handouts to illegals. This is so disgusting and beyond words. Please don’t stop fighting for us. Thankyou so much and may God Bless you, Robin Cousens from the commie state of CT.

  • Jason from Austin TX

    Commie state of CT? Seriously? One of the richest states in the country is communist? One that is 83% white with a 69K average annual salary (14K above the national average)? Nice.

    And which Americans is Cruz fighting for? Do you even know what is in this immigration bill that is worth passing, or is that you just hate immigrants? I don’t know if you realize that Mr Cruz was not even born in this country (he was born in Canada) to a father who was not an American (Cuban seeking exile) and a mother who is the child of immigrants.

    Thank God we have an immigrant fighting to protect Americans from immigration, who now, with your fervent support, seeks to eradicate the possibility of other immigrants contributing to our nation. When did your family arrive in this country? Unless you are a Pequot or Mohegan, your family came here largely the same way today’s immigrants arrived, a process that you now want to blame for all America’s problems.

    Ignorance isn’t bliss, it’s just ignorance.