February 14, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may have stopped immigration reform legislation in the House by calling it what it is with one word: “amnesty.”
House Republicans who supported the “immigration principles” reportedly “grumbled Tuesday that the plan was dead on arrival because Cruz blasted it as ‘amnesty,’ spurring a blizzard of negative phone calls to House Republicans.”
“After that it was ‘We’ll get back to you on immigration reform,'” a Republican congressman who declined to be identified told Stuart Powell of Hearst newspapers.
After the House Republican leadership unveiled its “immigration principles,” Boehner eventually had to declare–in what some conservatives still believe may be a head fake to buy time to convince Republicans on the fence to support his legislation–a week later that amnesty legislation would not move forward unless President Barack Obama could ensure that Americans could trust him to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.