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Sen. Ted Cruz Speaks in Opposition to Gang-of-Eight Immigration Bill

Posted: June 18, 2013 at 9:45 am   /   by

June 11, 2013:  Clear, positive, and constructive, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks on the Senate floor in opposition to the 1076 pages of Gang-of-Eight immigration bill as it is currently written.

As the Obamacare bill did for Kathleen Sebelius, the Gang-of-Eight bill grants enormous discretionary authority to Janet Napolitano to grant waivers and exceptions without approval or review by Congress.  That makes this bill yet another abdication of Congress’ Constitutional authority via a bill so complex that our senators, representatives, and the American people cannot possibly read and understand it.

These monstrous “comprehensive” bills are now the Left’s prime strategy and tactic for seizure of still more dictatorial power by the executive branch.  And a dissembling, lazy, abdicating, go-along-to-get-along Congress is acquiescing like some rubber-stamp assembly of hacks from the old Soviet Communist Party Congress.

While he is opposed to the bill as written, the substance of Sen. Cruz’s 23-minute presentation is about the five amendments he proposed that could actually make the bill a success for America (this segment begins at the 9-minute mark).  They all make sense, and they would all make good legislation as five separate bills.  And every Democrat voted against every one of those five amendments.

Cruz himself is an excellent speaker.  I see no teleprompter.  He has some paper in front of him on the podium, but he seldom looks down at it.  Compare this to that of Senate “leaders” like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer who seldom look up from the printed text prepared by their staff.

Ted Cruz is a “class act” top to bottom, start to finish, who inspires confidence.  Every time I hear him speak, I have another occasion to take hope, however slim.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 44 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
David Leeper


  1. sleepergirl says:

    When Senator Cruz speaks, I listen.  He’s among the few GOP from Congress who gives us hope in the midland of the country.  I passionately agree with his stance that these “unlawfuls” should never have the privilege of US citizenship or voting BECAUSE they broke our laws so blatantly by illegally crossing our border – whether they are Mexican, South American, Chinese, or Middle Eastern.  I also support his other amendments.  Absolutely essential (and polls show more Americans agree) that the borders be locked down and secured BEFORE an move toward legalization because it will be the ONLY incentive for the feds to fix the border issue.  
    I would further like added to the legislation a requirement for a national voter ID to once and for all minimize vote fraud, which I envision will be far more problematic as these unlawfuls are brought “out of the shadows”  (It’s strange that our NSA and FBS resources can’t find those living in the shadows!)  Although  my interpretation of the original intent of the 14th amendment never intended to allow “birthright citizenship” to aliens/foreign nationals just for having a baby to anchor them in the US.  This misintepretation of the 14th amendment must be clarified and fixed forever and sooner rather than later.
    Get the Sec DHS out of the “waiver” business too.  Never should a single unelected official have so much power to act arbitrarily, secretly, and unchecked.  Congress should do its job and no more delegate the writing of legislation to exeuctive agencies.

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    2. NeilFeuer says:

      @sleepergirl …you go girl, spot on! You said it all!

  2. NeilFeuer says:

    Ted Cruz’s speech leaves one speechless, but it energizes one to stand out and look at what a man with passion and knowledge, who speaks from the heart, in simplistic terms, can make a difference in this crazy world we live in.
    There is no way to answer all the problems one must face daily and yet at the same time we must look forward and never relent, never quit, stick to our principles, believe in the rule of law that we have, The Constitution! We must all have a goal in life and we must have dreams. Anything is possible, nothing is impossible. We must all face the fact as written in this wonderful article, that we have an Administration, a leader who is not a leader and yet he has managed to Transform America, (which is the only promise he has kept), and no doubt about it, he has transformed us into a nation, that at a flick of a switch, will be a police state and he will have dictatorial powers, but, as long as we have men like Ted Cruz, that will never happen and as Cruz said, it is up to We The People to stand with him and be proud of our country, have faith in our government, feel secure that our freedoms will never be taken from us, we will overcome. This past weekend, Sarah Palin gave a wonderful speech in DC, (Faith, Freedom Committee?), where she had one of the best lines ever…as she closed her eyes and opened heart looking upward, she sad “congress needs to go on cruise control, Ted Cruz control”. That and David,s Class Act gives me hope in the future! And the likes of these thousands of pages of bills and regulations, that no one can read or understand, the likes of these department heads and unions with waivers and powers, must stop! Just as the IRS is and should be put out to pasture!, so should big government and you don’t have to look too far too realize that, just listen to this speech, from the heart, no prompter, just passion and common sense.
    And with that, we can build trust, we must have trust, after all, the only thing you build in your life is your own credibility! Anything worth while is worth fighting for and we are in for the fight of our lives.
    We must downsize our government and we must have our government do their job, and the first job is to secure and protect its citizens and borders. It is really the only job they have, other than the states and We The People giving them more powers as we delegate!
    Ted Cruz could be such a man, he is a CLASS ACT and he is man one wants to listen too!

    1. @NeilFeuer @sleepergirl Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul . . . these guys are proof that it is possible to take over a political party, bit by bit, and turn it to a better direction. It’s not happening fast enough for any of our tastes, but it is happening.