Heâ€™s doing it again. Senator Ted Cruz has proven he is not afraid to mix it up with Harry Reid when it comes to standing on his principles and another confrontation appears to be in the offing.
Cruz was willing to stand against obamacare last year and now heâ€™s organizing a similar effort to prevent Hussein Obamaâ€™s year-end dictatorial decree of illegal alien amnesty.
Senator Cruz is urging congressional Republicans in both the House and Senate to use â€œany and all means necessaryâ€ to defeat amnesty, DACA and other illegal dictates and that may include inserting language into the upcoming stop-gap spending bill that would specifically prohibit such actions.
That Continuing Resolution could come to the floor for a vote as early as Thursday. Cruz and like-minded Republicans are staking out the constitutional pro-citizen, pro-American turf in the debate. Joining Senator Cruz are his fellow Senators, Alabamaâ€™s Jeff Sessions and Mike Lee of Utah. Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL) Roger Williams (R-TX), Pete Olson (R-TX), John Carter (R-TX), Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Marcia Blackburn (R-TN) are providing support in the House.
In a news conference Senator Cruz said, â€œThis week is a study in contrast in Washington. The House of Representatives and House Republicans are standing up and leading, providing strong, principled leadership to address the crises facing this nation.”
He continued, “And in the Senate, Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats have presided over a do-nothing Senate. Our country is facing a crisis at the border. This year 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross illegally into this country. The president has rightly noted this is a humanitarian crisis, but itâ€™s a crisis of his own creation.”
He added, “The direct cause of this crisis is President Obamaâ€™s lawlessness. We cannot solve the crisis at the border until we end President Obamaâ€™s amnesty. The Border Patrol interviewed some 200 people who had come recently illegally, many of them children, and asked them a simple question: Why did you come? Just a few years ago, in 2011, there were only 6,000 kids coming. Now, itâ€™s 90,000. What changed? Ninety-five percent of those interviewed by the Border Patrol said ‘weâ€™re coming because we believe weâ€™ll get amnesty. We believe weâ€™ll get a permiso that allows us to stay.'”
The illegals themselves are identifying amnesty as the cause that motivated them to violate our laws. It doesnâ€™t get much clearer than that.
Senator Cruz was critical of the blatant political theater which underlies the delay of Obamaâ€™s amnesty declaration until after the elections. He said it was â€œborne frankly of not thinking too highly of the American people, thinking the American people canâ€™t figure that out.â€ Cruz continued, â€œWeâ€™ll, I got to tell you, I think the American people are a lot smarter than the president seems to give them credit for.â€
Cruz closed saying, â€œThe House of Representatives has stood up and led, and we are here today asking for one very simple thing, which is for Harry Reid to allow the Senate to do its jobâ€”to actually show up and schedule a vote and let Senators go on record whether or not they support amnesty. If Senators support amnesty for those who are here illegally, let them look in the eyes of their constituents before election day and say this is what I support, let me know if you agree or not.â€
This may be a brilliant strategy on the part of Republicans, denying any political benefit from the delaying tactics of the Obama regime by requiring sellouts in Congress to identify themselves prior to the upcoming November midterm elections.
Cruz and conservative Republicans are trying to re-insert accountability into Congress. That makes for some very unhappy Democrats.
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