Ted Cruz Criticizes Provision In Senate Immigration Bill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently criticized a provision in the proposed Senate immigration bill that would bar states from seeking legal action against the Biden administration if the legislation is violated.

The bill, introduced by Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Krysten Sinema (I-AZ), was recently unveiled in the Senate and would provide billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine and Israel.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has already presumed the legislation “dead on arrival” in the House, with many Republicans blasting certain provisions in the bill.

Cruz slammed the legislation for providing the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia “sole and original jurisdiction to hear challenges” relating to its content. The Texas senator said the bill would centralize authority In Washington, D.C.

“This means that the State of Texas wouldn’t be able to sue the Biden administration in Texas for violating the provisions of the proposed law — something the State has done effectively for over three years now,” Cruz said in a statement to Newsweek.

“Instead, these cases would have to be heard in Washington, where Texas will almost certainly lose thanks to a superabundance of liberal judges. This, of course, is by design because the Biden administration is tired of losing in Texas district courts and the Fifth Circuit,” he added.

Cruz joined his fellow Republicans in condemning the legislation, saying it is unlikely to become law.

“The Speaker of the House has been unequivocal that the Senate bill is dead on arrival in the House,” the Texas congressman said. “So I asked my colleagues why on Earth would they be pushing a bill that divides the Republican conference that unites all the Senate Democrats, and has zero chance of ever passing into law?”

The legislation would seize control of the immigration system in the U.S., allowing the Department of Homeland to shut down the border if more than 5,000 illegal immigrants cross into America on a given day.

Despite the bill’s intentions, internet rumors have signaled that the measure would allow over 8,500 unlawful migrants to enter the U.S. daily until the federal government declares an emergency.