Cruz blasted as “amnesty” a House GOP plan to give legal status to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.
“I think it would be a mistake if House Republicans were to support amnesty for those here illegally.”
Cruz said the immigration focus should be on border security and streamlining legal immigration. He mentioned another proposal he supported to increase visas for high-skilled workers.
“In my view we need to secure the borders, we need to stop illegal immigration,” he said. “And we need to improve and streamline legal immigration.”
The freshman senator opposed the comprehensive immigration package passed last year in the Senate, which would have created a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
To be debated during the GOP retreat in Maryland this week include a plan to offer probationary legal status to many illegal immigrants while border security is increased, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday.
But Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, said the plan would not provide an automatic pathway to citizenship.
The plan would eventually allow those immigrants to get regular work permits and obtain green cards if the benchmarks on border security and interior enforcement are met.
The principles are also expected to call for a new guest-worker program, increased high-skilled visas and a path to citizenship for children brought to the country illegally.
Sources—mario Trujillo, the hill