From the Houston Chronicle: WASHINGTON – Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stood alone Monday in voting against a GOP motion to start debate on a new immigration proposal that could resolve the standoff over "Dreamers."
The 97-1 vote dramatized the Texas Republican's hardline stance against President Donald Trump's proposal to grant a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.
"I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally," Cruz said at the Capitol last month shortly after Trump broached the idea of offering a path to citizenship for Dreamers in exchange for border wall funding. "Doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us."
Cruz, facing a reelection challenge this year from U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso, immediately came under fire from Texas Democratic leaders.
"The only no vote to begin debate on immigration was the Cuban that was born in Canada," said Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, making a reference to Cruz's birth in Canada to a Cuban immigrant father.
"Sinvergüenza," Hinojosa added, using a Spanish phrase that translates as "shameless."
"This isn't the first time Ted Cruz has betrayed Texans. It won't be the last," Hinojosa said. "Senator, lives are literally at stake. It's time to fix a broken immigration system, not grandstand for the next election." continue reading