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Cruz Battles TPA's Sneaky Immigration Changes

Ted Cruz Proven Conservative

 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has filed an amendment to the Trade Act of 2015 to lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law.

“The Obama Administration has repeatedly assured Members of Congress that there is nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 that would allow the President to unilaterally make changes to federal immigration laws,” said Sen. Cruz. “I agree, and we should put it in writing and make it binding law. I am a strong supporter of free trade, but I cannot support legislation that would allow the President to once again circumvent Congress to enact his own immigration laws. Since the Obama Administration has emphatically argued that TPA will not affect immigration, it should support this amendment, which makes that promise explicit.”

The amendment states that nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 or in any trade agreement subject to the Act “shall alter or affect any law, regulation, or policy relating to immigration.”

The amendment also states that any fast-track procedures shall not apply to any implementing bill submitted with respect to a trade agreement “that includes any provision that alters or affects any law, regulation, or policy relating to immigration.”

The text of the bill is below (please note that H.R. 1314 as introduced relates matters other than trade) or click this link for a PDF:

AMENDMENT NO.____ Calendar No.____
Purpose: To prohibit trade agreements that alter or affect any law, regulation, or policy relating to immigration.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES—114th Cong., 1st Sess.
H. R. 1314
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations.
Referred to the Committee on__________ and/ordered to be printed
Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed
AMENDMENT intended to be proposed by Mr. CRUZ
Viz:
1 At the end of section 106(b), insert the following:
2 (7) PROHIBITION ON TRADE AGREEMENTS
3 THAT AFFECT IMMIGRATION LAWS.—
4 (A) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this Act or
5 in any trade agreement subject to this Act shall
6 alter or affect any law, regulation, or policy re-
7 lating to immigration.
8 (B) APPLICABILITY OF TRADE AUTHORI-
9 TIES PROCEDURES.—The trade authorities pro-
10 cedures shall not apply to any implementing bill
11 submitted with respect to a trade agreement 
Page 2
1 entered into under section 103(b) that includes
2 any provision that alters or affects any law,
3 regulation, or policy relating to immigration. 
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That's nice

But the bill itself is still secret.

When is Ted going to demand that the process itself and the bill itself be fully transparent?

Only the amendment is going to be public before voting?

Too little too late.