Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is calling a federal court ruling temporarily blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty a “major turning point” in the ongoing battle against the president’s actions.
“This is a major victory for the rule of law; the District Court’s ruling states that President Obama must now stop implementing these policies in ‘any and all aspects,’” Cruz said Tuesday.
Monday, a Texas federal judge temporarily halted President Obama’s executive amnesty, ruling in favor of the 26 states challenging the president’s actions.
Cruz further noted that President Obama’s initial attempt at amnesty — with his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — served as an impetus to encourage hundreds of thousand unaccompanied minors to attempt to illegally come to the United States.
“Last summer we saw a humanitarian crisis on our southern border that was a direct consequence of Obama’s previous amnesty. Republicans are now standing together to try to ensure that it never happens again,” he said.
The decision comes as Senate Democrats filibuster a Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill that would defund Obama’s executive amnesty.
Cruz called on Senate Democrats to stop blocking consideration of the bill, especially in the wake of the ruling.
“The Senate Democrats who are filibustering Department of Homeland Security funding should look hard at this ruling,” he said. “At a time when we face grave national security threats, at home and abroad, it is the height of irresponsibility for the Democrats to block this funding in an extreme attempt to save Obama’s amnesty, which a federal judge has just declared illegal.”