Monday night, the Senate voted 97-1 to start their debate on immigration reform, including legislation to provide some type of legal protection for illegal alien ‘dreamers’ who were brought to the United States as children.
One lone Republican senator voted “no” – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
The Hill reported:
A spokesman for Cruz didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about why the conservative firebrand voted “no.”
But the Texas Republican has frequently said he does not believe so-called Dreamers —immigrants brought into the country illegally as children — should be given a path to citizenship.
The Senate is expected to officially start its immigration debate as soon as Tuesday, with senators from both parties expected to propose a wide array of proposals.
Any amendment will need 60 votes to get attached to the unrelated House bill. The legislation will also have to overcome the threat of a final 60-vote filibuster.
It’s unclear what, if any, proposal will be able to pass the Senate, much less the more conservative House and White House.