In particular, Cruz highlighted measures in a leaked White House immigration plan that would have allowed illegal immigrants to seek permanent residency status and begin an eight-year path to citizenship. 

“The president has been focusing on amnesty, a path to citizenship that skips ahead of the line,” he said, according to the report. “That, he knows, is a position not supported by a great many Americans and not a position that will achieve bi-partisan cooperation. It’s designed to scuttle the bill.”

A bipartisan Senate group last month unveiled an immigration reform framework that includes a pathway to citizenship as well as measures to strengthen border security and increase high-skilled immigration and employee verification programs.

But the weekend leak of the administration’s draft immigration proposal raised tensions, as GOP lawmakers criticized the White House for not first seeking their input. Obama’s proposal did not tie a pathway to citizenship to new border security measures, raising GOP concerns. 

The president reached out to key Republicans involved in the Senate immigration blueprint to calm the waters on Tuesday, speaking with Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico The Hill's 12:30 Report Colbert mocks Trump for sipping water during speech on Asia trip MORE (R-Fla.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda Tax plans show Congress putting donors over voters MORE (R-S.C.). Obama also insisted in an interview that the leak did not “jeopardize” the negotiations. 

But Cruz remained skeptical of the president’s commitment to forging an immigration deal.

“There is real opportunity for bi-partisan cooperation on immigration that increases border security and improves and streamlines our immigration system,” he said. “He is seeking partisan advantage rather than trying to bring people together to solve a problem.”