On Rush Limbaugh’s radio show this afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, denounced the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill, encouraging his audience to call their member of Congress to oppose the bill.
Cruz noted there were about 20 Republican Senators that were on the fence about voting for the bill, but that he believed that it was “politically foolish” and “terrible for the country.”
“It doesn’t fix the problem,” Cruz said. “We need to fix the problem, secure the borders and improve legal immigration.”
Cruz dismissed the Congressional Budget Office report showing that the bill would actually decrease federal budget deficits by $197 billion between 2014 and 2023.
“If there’s one thing Washington knows how to do, is come up with bogus cost estimates,” Cruz said reminding the audience about the supposed cost savings predicted for Obamacare.
The freshman Senator from Texas described the current bill as a “mess” explaining that he tried hard to fix it by introducing amendments to block illegal immigrants from receiving welfare, and to increase security resources to the border.
“I think we should welcome immigrants from across the globe but you cannot welcome immigrants with a full welfare state where the incentive is to be dependent on government,” Cruz said. “We want people to achieve the American dream, and this bill would have an enormous cost on the state treasury and also the federal treasury.”
Cruz also warned that the bill was setting up “affirmative action” for illegal immigrants noting that they would be exempt from the Obamacare and the employer mandate, giving employers an incentive to hire them.
He also denounced the idea that the bill successfully secured the border, but heightened the incentive to come to the United States illegally.
“We all know that the border security ain’t never gonna come, but the legalization happens immediately,” he said. “This Gang of Eight bill — if it passes — would increase illegal immigration.”
Cruz added that he believed that Sen. Harry Reid was nervous about the future of the bill.
“I think he’s starting to get nervous because the American people are waking up to the details of the bill,” he said.