By JAVIER MANJARRESTexas Senator Ted Cruz has filed five tough and practical amendments to the ‘mistake-filled‘ Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill.
Cruz’s amendments call for the obvious strengthening of border security measures and the prohibition of “federal, state, or local entitlement benefits for those here illegally.”
While the bill states that those who receive a pathway to citizenship would not be eligible for federal benefits until they have completed the probationary period attached to their immigration status, there is no mention about these illegal immigrants being eligible to receiving state or municipal benefits.
Senator Cruz’s amendments outline:
-Strengthen border security measures
-Reform the high-skilled temporary worker program
-Modernize, streamline, and expand legal immigration
-Prohibit federal, state, or local entitlement benefits for those here illegally
-Ensure that those in the U.S. illegally are not given a path to citizenship
Rubio’s bill is aimed at creating a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million or so illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S.
“There is widespread, bipartisan support for fixing our nation’s broken immigration system, and we should approach it by addressing those areas where we can reach agreement so that we actually have a chance of passing an effective bill into law,” said Sen. Cruz.
“The amendments filed today to strengthen border security and reform our legal immigration system will not only bring meaningful, effective improvements to our immigration system, but also have a chance of becoming law. America is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants and we need to honor that heritage by fixing our broken immigration system, while upholding the rule of law and championing legal immigration.”