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Ted Cruz Admits He Flip-Flopped On Expanding Legal Immigration

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Cruz's record on immigration came under scrutiny on the campaign trail after 2016 rival Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) -- who has long been considered vulnerable on the issue for his involvement in the the failed immigration overhaul bill -- suggested he and Cruz were not so different in their positions. Rubio pointed to Cruz's past support of increased legal immigration and accused Cruz of previously supporting legal status for undocumented immigrants, a claim Cruz has vehemently denied.

As the tussle between the two heated up, Cruz released an immigration platform that placed new restrictions on legal immigration, including a suspension of the H1B visa program -- which Cruz at one time favored expanding.