To Senator Ted Cruz, the Gang of Eight immigration bill is nothing but a “crock.”
The Texas Republican Senator said on Wednesday that the immigration overhaul is a ploy to win Hispanic voters- one that he doesn’t believe is working. Speaking on Rush Limbaugh’s radio talk show, he railed against the bill.
“This is a crock that is being sold to Republican politicians that they can just buy off Hispanics, and frankly it’s offensive, but it’s being sold as pure politics,” Cruz said. ” They want to grant amnesty, and they hope to get a lot more Democratic voters, or they want this to be voted down and use it as a political issue in 2014 and 2016.”
Cruz said “Hispanics believe in the rule of law,” citing a Texas study that he says showed that Latinos in Texas preferred a plan for work permits without citizenship over “blanket legalization.”
Cruz also spoke at Republican Congressman Steve King’s six hour anti-immigration reform press conference on Wednesday where he was greeted with cheers and claps as he maintained his hard stance against the bill. Congressman King was the legislator who introduced an amendment to repeal DACA and deport DREAMers.
In the Tea party rally, however, Senator Marco Rubio’s name wasn’t received so warmly at King’s rally. The once Tea-Party favorite faced a backlash from the crowd gathered in front of the Capitol. Audience members booed at any mention of Rubio’s name. Some attendees carried signs targeting the Florida Republican.
“Marco Rubio has not read his own bill” exclaimed Robert Rector, a researcher for the Heritage Foundation.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has been one of the most visible conservative Republicans to endorse immigration reform; he is a member of the Senate Gang of 8 who drafted the bill. Though he has emphasized the bill is just a start and is calling for increased border security, his message was clearly not resonating with the Tea Party crowd.