Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released a video from his U.S. Senate campaign that attacks the immigration bill as a piece of legislation that “makes Obamacare worse” and drives viewers to his anti-immigration bill website.
My colleague Philip Klein explained how the Senate immigration bill combines with Obamacare to place a tariff on hiring American workers in a recent post.
“[U]nder Obamacare, businesses with over 50 workers that employ American citizens without offering them qualifying health insurance could be subject to fines of up to $3,000 per worker,” Klein wrote. “But because newly legalized immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges until after they become citizens – at least 13 years under the Senate bill – businesses could avoid such fines by hiring the new immigrants instead.”
Cruz, in emphasizing that dynamic, is continuing to fight the immigration bill as it moves to the House. (He’s also building a national list of Americans who like his immigration stance, which could come in handy if he ever runs for president.)