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Ted Cruz's Canny Strategy

By Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker - August 7, 2014

Ted Cruz has outraged his critics—again. Working with his frequent allies in the Tea Party caucus of the House of Representatives, Cruz scuttled a compromise bill on immigration last week. The bill would have increased funding for efforts to stop and reverse the recent surge in illegal border crossings from Mexico, but it contained no new provision for deporting illegal immigrants already in the United States. So, in response to pressure from Cruz and his allies, the House passed a much tougher bill—one that would, if enacted, make it easier to deport the so-called DREAMers, people who were brought into this country illegally by their parents, through no choice of their own, and who have lived their entire lives as Americans.

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