Cruz looks to block illegal immigrants from ever receiving welfare

Ted Cruz

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has filed a number of amendments to the comprehensive immigration reform bill being drafted by the so called “Gang of Eight,” one of which, if passed, may serve as a “Cruz” missile in stopping the bill in its tracks.

The amendment, labeled “Cruz 2” on the Senate Judiciary Committee website, would block any illegal immigrant from receiving any state, local, or federal welfare or public benefits, reports.

Its stated purpose is to “provide that aliens who have entered or remained present in the United States while not in lawful status shall not be eligible for means-tested benefits,” to include Obamacare.

As reported by Breitbart, the language specifically says:

“…no illegal immigrant who broke the law to enter or stay in the country “shall be eligible for any Federal, State, or local government means-tested benefit, nor shall such alien be eligible for any benefit under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pub. L. 111-148), regardless of the alien’s legal status at the time of application for such benefit.”

While such an amendment has little chance of passing in the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate, it would go a long way toward addressing concerns brought forth this week by the Heritage Foundation, which has stated the current bill will eventually cost taxpayers $6.3 Trillion.

As Breitbart notes, illegal immigrants are precluded from access to most federal, state, or local public benefits — although many agencies don’t check immigration status — however, the bill under consideration would allow them to access many state and local benefits immediately upon legalization and would incrementally allow them to access federal benefits on the “path to citizenship,”  according to Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

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12 thoughts on “Cruz looks to block illegal immigrants from ever receiving welfare

  1. Rick Shaffer says:

    Forgive me for noticing and not reading the column but you should have said, "Cruz looks to block illegal immigrants ever from receiving welfare." Your version splits the preposition, and there still are SOME of us who see this as a mistake.

  2. realitybites says:

    We have been missing Sarah Palin on the national scene but now we have yet another genius to follow and be entertained by. Thank you Texas – again!

  3. Paula Helton says:


    The last time I checked Sarah Palin is from Alaska. Your "genius" is showing.

    1. realitybites says:

      I did not say Palin was from Texas. I was thanking Texas for yet another astute, dynamic, and clearly wise contribution to the political scene. Now, if only we could get a Palin/Kruz Presidential ticket. That would be sweet!

  4. Ted says:

    I think anything Cruz says or does hurts the GOP. He, like Palin, Bachmann, Paul (both), Rubio, damage the view that people have of that party to the point of making it totally unelectable again in 2014 and 2016. You might be interested to know that, by and large, most illegal immigrants this country don't get welfare. They work under the radar, making your veggies and fruit cheaper. They work. They pay into Social Security (if they get paid on the books), and most go home and don't collect it. They pay sales taxes, income taxes, and mostly go home. Most of this anti-immigrant blow up is hypocritical. When was the last time you spend ten or more hours out in the hot sun picking fruit or vegatables, getting paid by the box not minimum wage? Are you willing to pay an American at least minimum wage to do this? Probably not. The immigrant issue is hype. Its there to blame someone. Someone not in a position to fight back to carry the load of this blame. No one has a answer for how to get at a legal only immigrant situation and still keep the bennies we get from the illegals. Sort of like complaining about the meal between second and third helpings. Geez. Need to get real. "burp".

  5. Doug Hanks says:

    GOP has to decide if it wants minority vote or forever kick it away. All this posturing plays well on the local level but is toxic on national stage.

  6. Kenneth Clark says:

    Ted, from your ill conceived notions that "most illegals do not receive welfare benefits", it is obvious that you have not been to Georgia, Texas or many other states. If you have spent any real time there, you weren't paying attention. The illegals may not be on the role of the various programs, but they do receive those benefits by manipulation of the system through others. They receive far more per capita than an american citizen. No, they do not keep our fruits and veges less expensive, nor do they keep our poultry or floor coverings less expensive. They are very costly otherwise. For example: It costs billions of dollars for medical care for them and the children they have with Americans to manipulate the system, billions more to feed them through the food stamp program from their manipulation, billions more for law enforcement, translators, and courts for the illegals to be deported.

    Now, I do realize that our great country is based upon immigration from every race and culture on the planet. But, there is a legal way to be here. The Irish, Germans, Spanish, and many other nationalities who came here knew there were rules to become a part of the opportunties here. They had to learn our language… and they did, they had to follow a prescribed path to become citizens… they did. They had to become productive as soon as their feet hit the ground… they did. We did not become great because of Illegal Immigrants. Be became great because of LEGAL Immigrants.

    Why then is it so "out there" or "unfair" to require the same of those whom are here or want to be here today? Could it be because too many people think our fruits and veges are cheaper because of them? I think not. I have had the pleasure of working side by side with Legal Aliens from south of the border as well as see in the line at supermarkets or Wally World, Illegals paying for junk food and groceries with an EBT (food stamp) card, then pull out 100 dollar bills to buy their alcohol and smokes. The Legal Aliens, that I worked with, were very upstanding and hard working people and would not accept welfare nor attempt to manipulate the system. They were very greatfull to be here and contributed to our society with pride. Totally opposite of their Illegal counterparts.

    So, I will side with Legal immigration under the same rules and regulations that our ancestors followed to become citizens here. No other compromise should be made.

    1. Ted says:

      The national numbers bear me out. Each state can slew numbers one way or another, but, if you check further, you will find I am correct. You, also know, that recently, the illegal immigration numbers are at net zero, right? The number isn't increasing because the US economy isn't the draw it was. Things are turning around. You still will not find most Americans willing to do much of the marginal paying work that immigrants do. This country has kept the minimum wage at such a low level that it isn't even realistic as a minimum wage. I was correct with my numbers. You don't have to be there to see the numbers. You also don't have to ignore that we need the illegals more than they need us. We damn the illegals, but, we do it between the fruits of their labors we take from they everyday. I'll bet you can't even say for sure that the food you have eaten today was not provided by an illegal.

      I guess we shouldn't talk with our mouths full.

  7. Kenneth Clark says:

    I know that numbers are skewed to fit one agenda or another. That is an historic given. What I have spoken of is lived situations not numbers. From my real observations, what I stated before is fact, not skewed poll numbers or statistics.

    Not to get off subject, but an example of a grossly skewed "statistic": "over 90% of Americans want more gun control". Now, with the unemployment rate below 8%, I personally know many unemployed individuals that actively seek employment. However, of this supposed 90+%, I do not know a single individual whom has been asked of their stance where gun control is concerned. This also serves as an example of reality vs stats.

    No, I cannot say that the food on my table this evening or any other time was harvested by illegals or legals. I do know that it was purchased with funds that I work for on a daily basis and not purchased with funds from your or anyone elses tax burden. That being said, any immigrant has the opportunity to become a legal citizen. Illegal is illegal whether robbing a bank or manipulating a mismanaged system to take what is not due them. There is no difference. Do it legal, as our generations before, learn our language,follow our laws, contribute to our society and communities, become an American or leave.

  8. Colleen says:

    I don't know what this Cruz has been smoking, but the illegals are sucking the nation dry by receiving all KINDS of benefits- welfare, free food in schools, food stamps, WIC, rent subsidies and

    free health care! Come to Florida, and see what they pay for- nothing….and send their cash home to the tune of 56 billion dollars as reported a few years ago!

  9. patsy harper says:

    I'm in love with Sen. Cruz!!! Where o where can we get 400 or so more just like him?

    Thank you so much for your hard work and bravery! Go get 'em!

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