The so-called ‘Gang of Eight’ saw their immigration reform bill breeze through the Senate with a 68-32 vote on Thursday. But, if Texas Congressmen get their way, that’s as far as it will go.
Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn both voted against the bill. So now it's on to the House, where analyst Matt Mackowiak tells KTRH its fate is very much up in the air.
“The first House bill that passes is not going to have a path to citizenship in it,” Mackowiak said. It’s going to be focused on border security. The question is whether or not Congress can pass something with a path to citizenship in it. We don’t know the answer to that yet.
Mackowiak says border security will be a major sticking point in the House of Representatives.
“It’s been improved over the past few weeks but it probably still needs to be improved further. The House will play a major role in the border security portion of the bill,” Mackowiak explained.
Texas Congressman Steve Stockman told KTRH says that the bill, as is, won't be getting his vote.
“I won’t vote for anything that undermines the nation. It’s a horrible bill,” Stockman said.
The newly elected Congressman also told KTRH they have other tools they can use to stop the bill in its tracks besides simply voting against it.
“There are taxes in this bill, and we intend to blue slip this bill and try to stop it that way,” Stockman explained.