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CRUZ MAKES IT CLEAR ON AMNESTY

In an interview yesterday with radio host Sean Hannity; Sen. Ted Cruz made it clear that he was opposed to giving an amnesty to the 11-18 million illegal aliens in the United States:

The part that I’ve got deep concerns about is any path to citizenship for those who are here illegally. I think that is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed the rules, who have waited in line. And so, I think the reason that President Obama is insisting on a path to citizenship is that it is designed to be a poison pill to scuttle the whole bill, so he can have a political issue in 2014 and 2016. I think that's really unfortunate....

I think the American people have learned before that when politicians promise to secure the border, every time it's been said in the past, it hasn't happened. So, I think most voters share the skepticism about it. […] I think most voters share the skepticism I have about empty promises and hot air....

The problem with the green card is the green card is a permanent legal residence status and anyone who has a green card is eligible for citizenship within five years. And so if someone can get a green card, that is a path to citizenship.

And it worries me, even if someone goes to the back of the line, what it means is that if you’re somebody in another country who wants to come to the United States and you followed the rules -- you applied to come legally -- if we pass something that allows those here illegally to achieve citizenship it means you’re a chump for having stayed in your own country and followed the rules because you were not able to live here and raise your family and enjoy the tremendous blessings and liberty in the United States simply because you followed the rules. And I think we need to uphold the rule of law and we need to be fair to legal immigrants. Legal immigrants get left behind in a lot of these discussions.