Cruz and some of the House's most stridently anti-immigration voices, including Reps. Michelle Bachman (R-MI) and Steve King (R-IA) stepped in front of the cameras Wednesday to call for immediate action to cut funding for agencies that enforce the country's immigration laws.
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Boehner (R-OH) and the Republican leadership have been very critical of the president's decision to temporarily shield about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, and they have put forward a plan that would fund the majority of the government through September of 2015. Their plan would also provide short-term funding for the elements of the government that enforce immigration laws.
The idea is that, when Republicans have full control of Congress in January, they will be able to use the appropriations process to demand major concessions from the president.
However, that's not good enough for Cruz who has been arguing very publicly that even temporarily funding the agencies that enforce immigration laws is an unacceptable compromise. Cruz says Republicans ought to move immediately to block all funding that could be used to support the president's executive action.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, he said the November midterm elections validated his position. "These elections were a referendum on amnesty, and the American people overwhelmingly indicated they do not support a lawless amnesty decreed by the president. What I'm urging Republicans to do is to do what we said we would do and honor the commitments we made to the voters."
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Of course, if the House were to reject the leadership's proposal to postpone a fight over immigration enforcement until next year by demanding immediate defunding of the Department of Homeland Security and its enforcement programs, the Senate would never accept it, and the result would likely be another government shutdown.