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Ted Cruz: Blocking Immigration Reform In 2014 'A Great Opportunity' For Partisan Gain

by: Omar Araiza

Sat Dec 28, 2013 at 02:00 PM CST

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has big hopes for immigration reform in 2014, but it's not to see it finally become reality.

Cruz, who was from the start a very vocal opponent of the immigration reform bill passed in the Senate, admitted in a recent interview with Houston-based radio host Michael Berry that blocking immigration reform in 2014 is all about helping Republicans -- forget the lives of the millions of people and their families affected daily by our current broken system.

In the interview, Cruz admits he does not want to see Speaker John Boehner take up immigration reform in the House in 2014. Because, according to Cruz, fixing our broken immigration system will cost Republicans the "incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014."

Seems like Ted Cruz's only strategy on anything is to keep it held hostage.

Read a transcript of the interview below the jump.

Transcript of immigration reform discussion between Michael Berry and Ted Cruz:

BERRY: Amnesty, illegal immigration, an immigration reform plan. We're hearing that Boehner has punted that until after the Republican primary to save the squish Republicans from  Tea Party challenges. True?

CRUZ: You know, I don't know. I certainly hope the reports that you and I are both reading are not true. You know I think we've got an incredible opportunity to retake the Senate in 2014, to retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader. And the number one thing Republicans could do to mess that up is to refuse to stand for principle. And if the House turns around and passes a giant amnesty deal that doesn't secure the border and grants amnesty, they might as well go and put "Harry Reid for Majority Leader" bumper stickers on the backs of their cars because it would be kicking conservatives, kicking the Tea Party, kicking millions of Americans in the teeth to make that same mistake again, so I sure hope they don't do it.

BERRY: I think you're right.

While Republicans continue to hold immigration reform hostage for partisan gain, Democrats and immigration reform advocates are shifting their strategy to help the undocumented. Prominent leadership figures are urging President Obama to reduce the overwhelming number of deportations occurring under his administration.

Democrats and advocates shift focus to deportations while reform is at halt by GOP.
In a recent interview this month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat with Telemundo, urging President Obama to stop deportations that are "totally unjustified."

"It breaks your heart to see what is happening. It's not the right thing. It's not who we are as Americans," said Pelosi. "We have seen deportations that were totally unjustified."

"And if they need any more justification or documentation, we have been providing it. We stand ready to continue to provide it. We would frankly, though, like to move on and pass comprehensive immigration reform so that the problem is put to rest. In the meantime, 1,100 people, on average, a day. It's just wrong," further argued Pelosi.

Congress has finished yet another year without successfully tackling immigration reform. Reported by the Quorum Report early this month, sources say Speaker John Boehner was holding off votes from the floor on immigration reform until after primary filing deadlines closed.

It is unclear where immigration reform will stand in the upcoming months.

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