Sen. Ted Cruz calls immigration reform bill ‘almost utterly toothless’ regarding border security

The Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill passed out of committee this evening by a vote of 13–5 after Sen. Patrick Leahy agreed to withdraw his amendment allowing American citizens in long-term same-sex relationships to sponsor their foreign partners or spouses for green cards.

Gang of Eight member Sen. Chuck Schumer also encouraged Leahy not to press the committee on the same-sex marriage amendment for fear of scuttling the bill in the full Senate.

The bill is expected to head into debate on the Senate floor early next month.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the votes against the bill, claiming that it would incentivize future illegal immigration, calling it “almost utterly toothless with respect to the border.”

  • tcbaz

    After almost 250 years as a sovereign nation I would have thought we already had comprehensive immigration laws on the books. Go figure…..

    • detroit19

      There’s that pesky little detail about actually enforcing the laws on the books. Pretty sure Congress failed that course, or failed to ‘read it before’ they passed it.

  • tcbaz

    After almost 250 years as a sovereign nation I would have thought we already had comprehensive immigration laws on the books. Go figure…..

  • OLLPOH

    Gigantic Legislation, that will absolutely, not do a d4mn thing for, the border. and no one will enforce it moving forward.
    It’s just like the IRS, DMV, VOTING with NO ID!!!!!!
    Just like the Legislation that is already on the books.
    Fingerprint coming in, and finger printing BioMetrics, going out through only certain airports and implement it at by and through TSA
    Come On Jeff Sessions….
    Put The D4mn Fence UP! Dream of Utopia is just Up Obama’s Alley, he’s drooling for HillBill in 2016, and it won’t do a thing for voters in the conservative party…..!
    Thank You Senator Cruz!!!!!!!!

  • ObamaFail

    The borders aren’t being secured, and all that’s happening is that people who are here because they broke the law are going to be rewarded for their lack of respect for our laws. How do the Dems expect the taxpayers to be able to afford to pay for all of the extra welfare that is coming because of this? There are Americans who DID NOT break any laws who will now find themselves competing for work with all of the amnesty immigrants (who only need amnesty because they broke the law). And as people who don’t have their heads in the ground know, it’s hard enough finding work as it is, without having more people to compete with.

    • Jennifer

      In the early 90’s, I worked for a franchise-based cosmetics company. We had people in New Brunswick, Canada who wanted to open a franchise in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The government made it so difficult for them to get in that they ultimately had to give it up. The objection? This was something an American could do. Problem was, there was no American who wanted to do it. So, all the jobs that would have been created were lost. And now they just want to make it easy for those who disregarded the appropriate process. Makes me sick.

  • carla5731

    Remember how Obama objected to the Citizens United ruling because he didn’t want money from outside the country being used to influence our elections? Granting amnesty to millions of foreign nationals who are in the country illegally is essentially the same thing. Amnesty supporters are saying that it’s okay if non-citizens to drive our national policy, and the votes of legal citizens are being diluted in the process.

    • http://www.coreyspofford.com/ YEROCDROFFOPS

      If i’m not confused didn’t the Obama Campaign receive and accept outside funs towards his run? Pretty sure WND sent money to his campaign and they accepted it, even under the name of Osama Bin Laden…

  • detroit19

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Senator Cruz. Embarrassed to admit that Lindsey ‘Gramnesty’ is a SC senator-at least we have Tim Scott as a worthy successor to Jim DeMint (for now, anyway). A$$ kissing RINO? Thy name is Lindsey. Despicable…

  • BoscoBolt

    The Rubio/GANGsters AMNESTY plan is designed specifically to WEAKEN border security (and ultimately, eliminate our borders completely) and gut current immigration laws. The main goal of this plan is to increase democrat voter rolls, thereby preventing obamacare from ever being repealed, and preventing a Republican from ever winning the White House again.

  • digitalPimple

    It’s a BS bill. Wasting everyone’s time. It will never pass the House as it stands. This is all for show.

  • http://twitter.com/stupid_republic Stupid Republic

    I love how as a taxpaying citizen, I’m now lower than pig shi t with this government.

    A tree called. Said it needs water.

    • Clete Torres

      Desperately.

  • mwill

    good thing it wont pass in the house….I hope.

    • Chevypowered

      Somebody please explain this to me. How did it get to the Senate first bypassing the House?

      • AwakenNow

        Revenue Bills must begin in the House of Representatives – all other bills can be brought by the House of Representatives or Senate.

        • Chevypowered

          Thanks!

  • Steve_J

    McCain, Graham, Rubio, and Flake need to be retired from public life at the earliest opportunity. Any conservative positions they take are undermined by their pursuit of amnesty and rewarding aliens in the U S illegally. Fk them.

    • Clete Torres

      I have oft wondered why AZ keeps sending McCain back to DC when they can clearly (or SHOULD clearly see) that he’s as squishy as shoes full of jell-o.
      Rubio has turned out to be a terrific disappointment.

      • camnpat

        But Rubio, at least, is in his first term. You try a new guy- sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. If they don’t you move on and look for someone new (at least in business, sports, and pretty much every activity other than government). McCain has been there since the early 80’s for crying out loud!!! Why/ how in God’s name?!!!

        • Clete Torres

          That’s his excuse – it’s his first term? That don’t work, pat.
          Ted Cruz is a freshman too.

          • camnpat

            I am not saying he is excused- Rubio has been a let down. My point is that, like on everything else, you gamble on someone’s competence for a job (no matter how much you study a person’s credentials). If they don’t work you seek someone better and replace him/her the first chance you have. In the case of Rubio he showed a lot of promise, he was elected, and has been a let down. Now we know The most logical course of action would be to try to find somebody better for next time right now and not 25 years later (as McCain has been).

            You are never going to pick the right candidate 100% of the time. For every Cruz there is going to be a Rubio, and for every of those two there will be a McCain. What is not excusable is to keep electing the same person over and over when he has shown long ago he is nowhere near ideal. Isn’t there anyone better in AZ? Has McCain done so well for the people of the State and his decline has been in the last decade? Does McCain have such a machine built around him that he is untouchable come election time? … Is there some sort of jobs program for the elderly we are not aware of keeping him employed?

      • GaryTheBrave

        Because Arizonans don’t want McCain in their state.

  • Clete Torres

    Too bad the homosexual marriage amendment was dropped. It’d kill this POS legislation in a heartbeat, and we’d be done with it. And if Feinstein the gun-grabber thinks SCOTUS will uphold homosexual marriage, perhaps she should find a way to get it before them.

    That’s the thing about liberals – no courage of conviction.

    • nc

      Prop 8 is before SCOTUS right now, awaiting their decision.

      • Clete Torres

        Yep, forgot about that.

    • nc

      Prop 8 is before SCOTUS right now, awaiting their decision.

  • http://twitter.com/murphylinn Murphy Linn Spears

    GOD HELP US

  • AwakenNow

    See Houston Chronicle article “Suspected drunken driver who killed Deputy was previously deported” dated 5/20/13 linked here: http://www.chron.com/default/article/Suspected-drunken-driver-who-killed-deputy-was-4532058.php These non-deportation and open border policies must end.

  • http://twitter.com/MDMorris_1707 Michael Morris

    They brought up the LBGT amendment in order to make the rest of the bill seem conservative by comparison. It was never intended to be in the final bill.

    • nc

      I don’t know if that was their primary reason, but they certainly will use it to show their base how much they “compromised” while those evil Repubs wouldn’t give an inch.

    • nc

      I don’t know if that was their primary reason, but they certainly will use it to show their base how much they “compromised” while those evil Repubs wouldn’t give an inch.

  • DarkKnight2016

    It will DIE in the house

  • gracepmc

    A scandal ridden Administration, a complicit press, and a gang in Congress making citizenship deals behind closed doors.

  • Squirrel!

    This literally made my stomach sick. The thought of these out of touch *ssholes chanting “Yes we can” & basically high fiving themselves for the ruination of our beloved country & it’s citizens. One can only hope it will not pass through the Senate or the House will stop it. The mission is to ruin our country & its people. This bill supposedly has a lot in it that will anger the American people. I also understand it wasn’t written by our lawmakers but instead by SEIU & LaRazza (sp?) & likely other groups with an interest. Our futures & the futures of our children get more & more bleak.

  • kim

    This better die in the House

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394540834 Michael Anderson

      It will die in the house because it’s not supposed to pass. It’s supposed to rile up the masses for the 2014 elections.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394540834 Michael Anderson

      It will die in the house because it’s not supposed to pass. It’s supposed to rile up the masses for the 2014 elections.

  • OwnItObama

    The real fight against this crapola will be in the House. Rest up ‘cuz we’ll need all our energy to burn down the phone lines again.

  • Squirrel!

    Just want to note if you’re a Senator whose name is Grassley, Sessions, Cruz, Lee or Cornyn, your amendment(s) got voted down. It appears all others passed. I want to at least be able to skim through this 800+ page bill. Wonder if it’ll be made available to us citizens…

    http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/

  • Leep

    This bill does nothing but provide expedited amnesty. No border security so the next generation of illegals will line up quickly. No “go to the end of the line.” It sucks that Arizona’s Senators are crowing, given the problems this will bring to the state. “Gang of eight” is a Chinese Communist term, yet these yahoos wear the title proudly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002775458905 Damien Johnson

    If you’re illegal, get out. Period. Illegals don’t deserve the same benefits as people here legally. It’s disgusting that Jose Villareal or whatever his name is guy that works for Time hasn’t been deported yet. He’s keeping a LEGAL hispanic person who WANTS to work at Time from working there and that’s just disgusting to me.

  • © Sponge

    Ted Cruz pretty much nailed it.

    The Unions have more power than the American voter and Democrats do not care about anything other than getting illegals citizenship in exchange for votes.

    We’re screwed.

  • BAW

    Cruz is my guy. Not familiar with Flake, need to check him out.

  • CHHR

    still, after two days, I can’t help but wonder, with so much fan fare, what’s in this bill that will come back to bite us…
    chanting “yes we can” feels like yet another slap in the face and I am concerned.
    Democrats and Rinos are playing Rubio & other Republicans for fools if there really isn’t border control and the so called pathway to citizenship is designed to obstruct legal and patent immigrants from gaining status.
    Now off to the House, the spin will only get worse. It amazes me how little folks remember, or care to remember, of the destruction of our system since 1986.