For the first time in his political career, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday to discuss the immigration reform bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate.
“Sir, you're the real deal. You're fearless. You're a freshman. You're acting like you've been there three terms,” Limbaugh said.
“As you know, a lot of Americans are fed up. They’re fed up with Democrats and they’re fed up with Republicans. They’re fed up with politicians in Washington who don’t stand for anything,” the Texas senator responded.
“And it’s how we’ve gotten in this mess. It’s how we’ve gotten $17 trillion in debt, and if we keep doing business as usual, it’s how we’re gonna pass yet another amnesty bill that doesn’t fix the problem. And I think Americans are really fed up with that and we need to stand up and stop it,” Sen. Cruz added.
The radio host then asked Sen. Cruz to explain to the audience why certain politicians and pundits are referring to the immigration reform bill as “amnesty.”
“This Gang of Eight bill is a disaster,” Sen. Cruz explained. “What the Gang of Eight bill does is it grants legalization now. It takes everyone who's here illegally and says, ‘You're legal,’ and then just like in 1986 it promises, ‘sometime in the future, trust us, wink-wink, we'll secure the border.’"
“I don't think the American people are that foolish. You know, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. If this bill is enacted, it will make the problem worse. If this bill is enacted, in another decade or two we're going be back here not with 11 million, but with 20 million or 30 million people here illegally.
“This is a broken system. I think what Americans want is fix the problem, stop playing political games, actually secure the border and make a legal immigration system that works,” he added.
The two continued, discussing everything from the possible impact the bill may have on the national deficit, to the so-called Washington “consultant class” and its support for the bill, to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s curious wish to see the bill passed before July 4th.
You can hear it all here:
Follow Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) on Twitter
(H/T: Daily Rushbo). Featured image AP photo.