Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), notorious for pushing the federal government to shut down in 2013, seems open to doing so again this year.
Cruz on Tuesday said he would consider attaching a measure to deport young undocumented immigrants to a bill keep the government open.
“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, according to The Hill.
House Republicans in August passed a bill requiring the deportation of all undocumented immigrants, which would freeze President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that if Cruz attaches a measure to deport Dreamers to the continuing resolution, the government may shut down.
Harry Reid says Ted Cruz is going to have to shut down the govt if he insists on attaching #DACA freeze to CR.
— Alex Bolton (@alexanderbolton) September 9, 2014
Last month, Cruz rejected the idea that he would try to shut the government down if Obama signed an immigration executive order.