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Ted Cruz bashes citizenship pathway Marco Rubio supports



Sen. Ted Cruz, the tea party Texan, was on Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday and underscored the position some conservatives have with the immigration plan Sen. Marco Rubio is working on with seven other lawmakers.

Rubio has avoided the term "pathway" when discussing citizenship, preferring to note that illegal immigrants could become eligible for a green card.

SEAN HANNITY: What about those who would have a path to a green card? Would you support that if the border was secured first?

SEN. TED CRUZ: The problem with the green card is the green card is a permanent legal residence status and anyone who has a green card is eligible for citizenship within five years. And so if someone can get a green card, that is a path to citizenship.

And it worries me, even if someone goes to the back of the line, what it means is that if you’re somebody in another country who wants to come to the United States and you followed the rules -- you applied to come legally -- if we pass something that allows those here illegally to achieve citizenship it means you’re a chump for having stayed in your own country and followed the rules because you were not able to live here and raise your family and enjoy the tremendous blessings and liberty in the United States simply because you followed the rules. And I think we need to uphold the rule of law and we need to be fair to legal immigrants. Legal immigrants get left behind in a lot of these discussions.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 5:02pm]


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