Ted Cruz's immigration Amendment to Bar the Undocumented from Citizenship

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz proposed an amendment to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 that aims to deny citizenship to anyone who has been in the country without legal status. Cruz has been very vocal in the Senate generally, but specifically has been critical about the proposed 13-year pathway to citizenship.

The text of his amendment reads: “no person who has previously been willfully present in the United States while not in lawful status shall be eligible for United States citizenship.”

Cruz's father is a Cuban immigrant. Unlike other Latino immigrants, Cubans have access to a variety of paths to naturalization, due to the Cuban Adjustment Act.

In addition to being at odds with several of his conservative colleagues in the U.S. Senate, Cruz seems to be at odds with his own constituents and their support of immigration reform and a guest worker program.

One poll showed that 75% of Texas' Democratic voters favored comprehensive reform, and 72% a guest worker program; Republicans supported a guest worker program by 56% with 30% supporting reform.

Read Cruz's amendment in its entirety here.

Originally published in Politic365.

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