Cruz, Coons

The vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Cruz: (2:17 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Five years ago in 2013, this body again debated amnesty. The so-called Gang of Eight failed to secure the board but once again made the same promise for amnesty for those here illegally with a promise, never to come, to secure the border. The senate ultimately passed the gang of eight. As it was being voted on, senate Democrats bragged on television that they had north of 70 votes. That now was the time to pass amnesty. The American people said that amnesty is not what we want. It's inconsistent with the rule of law, and we saw senators at the last minute jumping ship. It passed with 68 have votes -- 68 votes and went nowhere in the House of Representatives."

 

Senator Coons: (2:29 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "I was honored when my good friend, senator John McCain, reached out to me two weeks ago to suggest that we introduce behalf legislation here in the senate that would attempt to solve two of our most pressing immigration issues and keep our country and congress moving forward. The bill we've introduced and which the senate will soon proceed to vote on doesn't solve every immigration we face and it doesn't try to. What our bill does is focus on the issue we can agree on. It's an attempt to break through the messy political debates and substantive disagreements here and find compromise."