Cruz: Immigration Just A ‘Crock’ Sold To GOP To Buy Hispanic Votes

AP

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Wednesday that the GOP doesn’t need to support comprehensive immigration reform that he believes amounts to amnesty in order to win over Hispanic voters.

The freshman senator railed against the so-called gang of eight legislation in the Senate on Rush Limbaugh’s talk radio show, arguing that Hispanic Texans who were polled actually preferred a plan for work permits without citizenship over blanket legalization of undocumented immigrants.

“This is a crock being sold to Republican politicians so they can just buy off hispanic voters,” Cruz said.

Cruz also argued that Senate Democrats are pushing comprehensive immigration reform to benefit their own vote-getting agenda.

“They hope to get a lot more Democratic voters or they hope it gets voted down and they can use it as a political issue in 2014,” he said.

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