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Cruz to help Abbott give refugees a kick

If at first you don’t succeed

Not Ted Cruz

Not Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas introduced legislation Tuesday to give governors the power to opt out of refugee replacements if they believe there are security risks.

Cruz introduced the bill at a news conference in Washington, D.C., with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been one of the most vocal of about 30 governors who have announced they would like to block refugees from Syria in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.


“This legislation will protect the authority of the states and the authority of the governors to keep their citizens safe,” Cruz said of his proposal.

Abbott said at the news conference that Cruz had come up with the bill after speaking with him late last week.

“America is a charitable nation, but we cannot allow charity for some to compromise the safety for all,” Abbott said.

The good news is that this isn’t going to go anywhere. The bad news is that we’re still stuck with these two until at least 2018. And no, I don’t expect Ted Cruz to be elected President in 2016, which is about the only scenario under which a bill like this would pass. If we find ourselves in that scenario, however, we’ll have much bigger things to worry about. The Trib, TPM, and the Current have more.

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  1. jose mendez says:

    This sort of goes in line with my previous post about Garcia running against Gene Green simply because of his racial background. What is worst? Someone who is clearly outspoken about how he feels about immigration (Cruz) or someone who pretends to care about immigration, but is really a mask for their personal ego (Garcia)? They are a perfect example why the hispanic/latino vote always swings & why it will be very hard for a hispanic presidential candidate to ever get a full majority support from within the hispanic community.

    I know this is something that you would never report on your blog, but yesterday the Texas Tribune posted an article of how a group of Hispanic Conservative think that Cruz immigration policy is worst than Trump. Says a lot.