Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzAnti-Trump leaders sending 'advance team' to Cleveland: report Trump's support among white Protestant Republicans ticks up GOP senator pushes Trump to adopt 'constitutional agenda' MORE (R-Texas) said Wednesday that he "absolutely" supports ending birthright citizenship, suggesting that has been his position for years.
Cruz 'absolutely' backs ending birthright citizenship
"Absolutely. We should end granting automatic birthright citizenship to the children of those who are here illegally," Cruz, who is running for president, said during an interview with the Michael Medved Show. "That has been my position from the very first day of my running for the Senate."
Cruz's comments come after Donald TrumpDonald TrumpObama to make clean energy pledge: report Anti-Trump leaders sending 'advance team' to Cleveland: report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE's immigration policy proposal has sparked a debate among Republican presidential candidates and forced the issue into the media spotlight. The plan, released by Trump on Sunday, called for building a wall along the southern border and changing the 14th Amendment to end so-called guaranteed citizenship to those born inside the United States.
Cruz, who has repeatedly praised Trump throughout his presidential campaign, said Wednesday that the businessman and 2016 frontrunner is "forcing the mainstream media to talk about issues they don't want to talk about."
But the Texas Republican, who was himself born in Canada, also sought to galvanize off of Trump's plan, saying that he has offered "virtually every element" in legislation and that he "led the fight against amnesty" in the Senate.
"Jeff and I have fought for many of these legislative proposals side by side," Cruz added, referring to Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsTrump hopes for boost from Brexit vote GOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Sessions warns of 'radical' Clinton immigration policy MORE (R-Ala.), whom Trump consulted on his immigration proposal.