Politics Cruz only senator to vote against moving to immigration debate

03:21  13 february  2018
03:21  13 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Sen . Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator to oppose moving toward an immigration fight on the Senate floor. The Senate is expected to officially start its immigration debate as soon as Tuesday, with senators from both parties expected to propose a wide array of proposals.

" Sen . Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator to oppose moving toward an immigration fight on the Senate floor. Senators voted 97-1 on ending debate over whether or not to take up the House-passed bill being used as a vehicle for the Senate 's debate .

Ted Cruz wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was the only senator to oppose moving toward an immigration fight on the Senate floor.

Senators voted 97-1 on ending debate over whether or not to take up the House-passed bill being used as a vehicle for the Senate's debate.

A spokesman for Cruz didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about why the conservative firebrand voted "no."

But the Texas Republican has frequently said he does not believe so-called Dreamers -immigrants brought into the country illegally as children - should be given a path to citizenship.

The Senate is expected to officially start its immigration debate as soon as Tuesday, with senators from both parties expected to propose a wide array of proposals.

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) cast the lone vote against bringing a House bill to the Senate floor to being the debate on immigration reform. Senators voted 97-1 in favor of moving the bill forward for discussion. Senator Cruz took the stand based on a

Sen . Ted Cruz , R-Texas, was the only senator to vote against a measure to advance the immigration debate to the chamber floor Monday. According to The Hill, the final vote was 97-1 as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moves to have lawmakers take on the immigration debate

Any amendment will need 60 votes to get attached to the unrelated House bill. The legislation will also have to overcome the threat of a final 60-vote filibuster.

It's unclear what, if any, proposal will be able to pass the Senate, much less the more conservative House and White House.

A group of GOP senators introduced the president's proposed framework as an amendment on Monday.

The measure would give 1.8 million immigrants brought into the country illegally as children a path to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion in border security and changes to legal immigration.

But it appears unlikely to get 60 votes, which would include the support of at least nine Democratic senators.

Trump kicked the immigration fight to Congress last year when the administration announced it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school.

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