Ted Cruz continued to his campaign against Donald Trump, competing for the worst Republican in the World honors, by promising to add an unfounded and useless amendment to the stimulus package passed on Saturday that would deny payments to undocumented immigrants. It was a false flag effort playing to the racist fears of conservatives terrified that a brown person will take something that belongs to them, as Senate Democrats and Twitter users pointed out to the beleaguered senator from Texas.
The Democrats’ bloated bill gives $1,400 stimulus checks to illegal immigrants.
That’s not right.
That’s why I have filed an amendment to prevent this from happening.https://t.co/1g1U4O6Lbm
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 5, 2021
Cruz tweeted out his intention to pass the amendment banning stimulus payments to undocumented immigrants on Friday and then presented that amendment on Saturday on the floor of the Senate. Cruz gave his typical showboat performance, just as he did when he read Green Eggs and Ham for 21 hours to delay a healthcare bill that would provide benefits to millions of Americans, warning that “your money” would go to those scary “illegal aliens” if he didn’t act on white Americans’ behalf.
According to The Hill:, Cruz said in his presentation in the Senate that:
‘This amendment before us today provides that the stimulus checks should not go to illegal aliens in this country. The question for the American people to answer is, should your money, should taxpayer money, be sent, $1,400, to every illegal alien in America?’
Of course, Cruz ignored the fact that no one without a Social Security number is eligible for stimulus payments either as a head of household or a dependent, and he failed to note that this stimulus package doesn’t include any language expanding payments to undocumented immigrants, remaining exactly the same as the two stimulus bills passed under then-President Trump.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that:
‘The statement of the senator from Texas is just plain false. False! Let me be clear: Undocumented immigrants do not have Social Security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks.’
Durbin added that Cruz and other Republicans “want to be able to give speeches that say the checks go to undocumented people” in an effort to “rile people up over something that is not true.”
The amendment failed in a 50-49 vote.
Twitter hashed out their feelings about Cruz and his ridiculous amendment in the comments on Cruz’s promise. Read some of their comments below: