Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Comprehensive immigration reform and Executive action on immigration have been put off until after the November 2014 elections. One might guess that, at least for the moment, immigration as a legislative issue is at a standstill. But maybe not. CNN reports that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Tuesday Congress should "use all means necessary" to prevent President Obama from granting what Cruz characterizes as "amnesty" to immigrants unlawfully in the country. "He said it would be `appropriate' to include a provision that would block the President from doing so in a critical government-funding bill that Congress must approve this month. Democrats immediately seized on the issue and charged that Cruz wants to shut down the government by attaching a `poison pill' to the funding bill, which is known as a continuing resolution or CR. "
Senator Cruz's latest threat makes it even clearer that immigration reform is being used as a partisan political football with little regard to the real human costs of the U.S. government's failure to act.