The senator met with House Republicans and encouraged them to vote against the proposal, a move has many in the GOP irked.
But he might find support from an unusual source: Rep. Raul Grijalva, a progressive Arizona Democrat who opposed the legislation for ideologically opposite reasons.
“There’s kids right now going through this process from Central America that owe a debt of gratitude for their due process and the ability to be adjudicated correctly — they owe a debt of gratitude to Sen. Ted Cruz and the extreme branch of this caucus of the Republican side,” he said.
“Inadvertently, they have done a great humanitarian deed,” he added.
Grijalva and the vast majority of other House Democrats opposed the move in part because it would change a bill from 2008 that makes it easier to deport Mexican and Canadian immigrant children than immigrant children from other countries.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat, said he believed the 2008 bill should only be changed to be “more inclusive.”
Asked if he had thoughts on Grijalva’s sentiment, Castro paused and said, "No."