Cruz Blasts GOP 'Amnesty' Bills: We're 'Galloping to the Left' of Barack Obama
DACA support polls 'not accurate,' senator says.
Sen. Ted Cruz expressed his stiff opposition to a White House proposal to grant a path to citizenship to 1.8 million so-called Dreamers.
The framework for an immigration bill also calls for $25 billion in funds for a border wall and would end programs like chain migration and the visa lottery.
The Senate began Thursday debating some of the immigration proposals, but Cruz said he will not support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.
"That is dramatically to the left of where Barack Obama was," he noted on "Fox & Friends," adding that the original executive order was "illegal and unconstitutional" in the first place.
He said Republicans promised the American people they would not support "amnesty."
Cruz: "We promised the American people – the steelworkers, the truck drivers –that we wouldn’t pass amnesty. Republicans should not be going to the left of President Obama and granting a path to citizenship" pic.twitter.com/qxvTzCk2sp
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 15, 2018
"DACA under Obama did not provide citizenship, it was just a work permit. Why would Republicans be galloping to the left of Barack Obama?" he asked.
Brian Kilmeade said the White House and many Republicans want border security and must give up something in a negotiation, since the Senate only has 51 Republican votes.
"Mark my words. If Republican majorities in Congress pass citizenship for millions of people and amnesty, I think it’s quite likely we will lose both houses of Congress and Speaker Nancy Pelosi will impeach President Trump," he warned.
Watch the interview above.