Senator Ted Cruz is fast becoming the new Tea Party brand name as he quickly begins to surpass Marco Rubio as the true arch teabagger. He's repeatedly said that illegal immigrants should not be given a true path to citizenship. That gives him a leg up over Rubio, in my book. In his 2012 Senate debate in Texas---this is what he believes:
When discussing what to do about the 1.65 million illegal immigrants living in Texas, Cruz weaved into the Second Amendment, alleging his opponent didn't support gun rights. "What does this have to do with the question?" Sadler asked before fiercely denying his opponent's allegation. Cruz again said he didn't support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in America, while Sadler said the opposite, as expected.---Source: WFAA-TV Dallas-Fort Worth on 2012 Texas Senate debate , Oct 2, 2012
And as for his beliefs on the immigration compromise that is being hatched in Congress with Rubio at the head of the table:
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says President Barack Obama wants to “scuttle” immigration reform by injecting a path to citizenship into the debate so Democrats can keep the issue alive for political gain.“The president has been focusing on amnesty — a path to citizenship that skips ahead of the line,” the freshman tea party senator said Wednesday at a speech in Dallas, according to The Dallas Morning News. “That, he knows, is a position not supported by a great many Americans and not a position that will achieve bipartisan cooperation. It’s designed to scuttle the bill.”
The Tea Party is firmly against a path to citizenship, so he jumps ahead of Marco Rubio, who appears to be leading the way to immigration reform for the Senate GOP in a more bipartisan fashion than the hardliners want.
Jane Mayer has a new article out that will give another big woody to the Tea Party: IS SENATOR TED CRUZ OUR NEW MCCARTHY?