Ted Cruz: If House Republicans Pass Amnesty, Harry Reid Will Keep Senate
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) predicted Thursday that House Republicans pushing for passage of any amnesty package in 2014 will ensure Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid maintain control of the Senate.
Not only that, but Cruz argued that all House Republican engaged in passage of any amnesty should put a “Harry Reid for Majority Leader” bumper sticker on their cars.
“I think we've got an incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014, to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader, and the number one thing Republicans could do to mess that up is to refuse to stand for principle,” Cruz said on Texas-based Michael Berry’s radio program.
And if the House turns around and passes a giant amnesty deal that doesn't secure the border and grants amnesty, they might as well go and put "Harry Reid for Majority Leader" bumper stickers on the backs of their cars because it would be kicking conservatives, kicking the Tea Party, kicking millions of Americans in the teeth to make that same mistake again, so I hope they don't do it.
House Speaker John Boehner is actively working, along with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), to pass some kind of amnesty is 2014.
Boehner recently hired Becky Tallent as his immigration policy adviser, a move that most read as a direct play by Boehner to move on immigration in 2014. Tallent was an aide to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) when he worked with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) to craft an amnesty in 2007. Tallent was heavily involved in writing that McCain-Kennedy bill.
Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel told the Washington Post recently, too, that Tallent’s hiring is a sign the Speaker will push for amnesty. “The Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms – the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” Steel said. “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”
Cantor, meanwhile, is in the process of drafting what he calls the “KIDS Act,” what essentially a legalization program for illegal alien youths. At the same time, Ryan is in the process of writing a bill that would legalize all illegal aliens in America.