Cruz: Stop deferred deportations with CR

Cruz: Stop deferred deportations with CR
© Greg Nash

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington Senate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed MORE (R-Texas) said Tuesday that legislation to freeze President Obama’s executive order deferring the deportations of illegal immigrants who come to the country at a young age should be attached to a stopgap spending measure.

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Setting up a possible confrontation over the funding measure that would keep the federal government open beyond September, Cruz declined to rule out opposing the stopgap bill if it allows the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue.

“I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the president from illegally granting amnesty. Certainly I think it would be appropriate to include in the [continuing resolution] but I think we should use every tool at our disposal,” Cruz said.

Cruz, however, declined to say whether he would urge House conservatives to oppose the stopgap funding measure if it did not include language freezing deferred action on illegal child migrants.

“I have a habit of waiting to actually see what’s in legislation before I make a decision whether I will support or oppose it,” he said.