Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went on Fusion TV, a network which has declared it will use the airwaves to pressure lawmakers into enacting comprehensive immigration reform, and said he believes that providing a pathway to citizenship for the country’s illegal immigrants is unfair to America’s legal immigrants.
Fusion is a joint venture between Univision and ABC that will debut on Monday, and appearing on the network, Cruz did not stray from his conservatism, telling host Jorge Ramos in an interview that he believed Democrats wanted immigration reform to be voted down so “they can campaign politically on it.”
He did not relent on his stance against a pathway to citizenship.
“In my view, I think that is unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, sometimes decades in line to come here,” Cruz said.
Ramos has declared that he will use the new network to enact comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. The Senate has passed such legislation — which the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of working class Americans — but immigration reform efforts have stalled in the House for the time being. House Republicans are reportedly working on piecemeal pieces of legislation to get to conference with the Senate, where proponents and opponents of immigration reform have acknowledged that a provision that will provide a pathway to citizenship will prevail.
“We’re going to come out on Oct. 28th, and if the House doesn’t approve immigration reform by then, then there’s going to be a new, very loud voice in Fusion, talking about immigration every single night until immigration reform passes,” Ramos told The Huffington Post in August. He said the English-language channel will attempt to “own” the immigration narrative “from the first hour.”