The House GOP has abruptly pulled the plug on the immigration bill it just passed a few days ago. The Dallas Morning News notes, “Facing revolt from tea partiers egged on by Sen. Ted Cruz, House Republicans gave up suddenly Thursday on a bill that would have provided hundreds of millions to address the border crisis.” Cruz has been rallying Senate Republicans to shoot down his House colleagues’ bill and was threatening a filibuster.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stated earlier this week that “The evidence shows that the amnesty President Obama announced in 2012 is driving record numbers of immigrants to enter our nation illegally,” said Sen. Cruz. “Because of President Obama’s amnesty, children are being abused and exploited by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs. We must put an end to any expansion of this amnesty that puts countless numbers of vulnerable individuals, both immigrants and U.S. citizens alike, at risk. The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop Obama’s amnesty. It is disappointing the border security legislation unveiled today does not include language to end Obama’s amnesty. Congress cannot hope to solve this problem without addressing the fundamental cause of it.”