In the summer of 2013, as Congress was mulling sweeping immigration reforms, Cruz was promoting a “middle ground” that would have dramatically boosted legal immigration and even given legal status and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the country.
“If the proponents of this bill actually demonstrate a commitment not to politics, not to campaigning all the time, but to actually fixing this problem, to finding a middle ground, that would fix the problem and also allow for those 11 million people who are here illegally a legal status with citizenship off the table,” Cruz said on the floor of the Senate in June 2013. “I believe that is the compromise that can pass.”
Later, in an extensive interview with The Texas Tribune, Cruz expressed frustration that the media wasn’t covering his efforts to fix the nation’s immigration woes because it didn’t “fit the narrative they’re writing, which is Republicans are anti-immigrant.”
“There was no stronger advocate of legal immigration in the Senate than I am,” Cruz told the Tribune. “We’re all the children of immigrants. I think that is the fundamental DNA of America.”