Krauthammer on Ted Cruz' immigration stance: 'It depends on how you define amnesty'

Krauthammer on Ted Cruz' Immigration Stance: "it depends on how you define amnesty"


Charles Krauthammer said Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier”  that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’ previous statements show the senator supported a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants in congress’ failed 2013 immigration reform bill.

“If you define amnesty as he does, as citizenship, yes he fought that,” said Krauthammer. “If you define it as allowing people who came here illegally not to suffer the consequences of illegal entry, which by law should be deportation, he did not oppose that. It is very clear that he supported it and as you showed last night and has been shown in many, many pieces of evidence.”

In an interview on “Special Report” on Wednesday, Cruz told Bret Baier that his proposed amendment to the bill that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain work permits but would not allow citizenship, was not a sign of support for the overall measure, but a “poison pill” designed to derail the overall effort.

But in June of 2013, Cruz took to the Senate floor to tout his amendment.

But Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said he doesn’t understand Cruz’ strategy with regard to clarifying his stance.

“At the time he said he was in favor of a compromise that would take the 11 million out of the shadows and give them legal status,” said Krauthammer. “I'm not sure I understand why he's doubling down on denying what you can demonstrate with pieces of tape. Perhaps he sees that it's worked for other candidates.”