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Texas Congressman Says Ted Cruz Not Speaking for State on Immigration

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit Sept. 26, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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Sen. Ted Cruz’s piece in Politico Magazine on Wednesday has drawn a lot of attention, not all of it kind.

In the piece, the Texas Senator charges that President Obama’s impending executive action on immigration “is lawless” and that if he makes the move, “he will be acting as a monarch.” Since his election in 2012, Cruz has vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform.

A fellow member of the Texas congressional delegation said today that Cruz’s energetic opposition to comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t adequately represent his constituents.*

“I don’t think it’s reflective of Texas as a whole,” said Democratic Rep. Gene Green, chuckling.* “I think it’s reflective of the Republican primary.”

Green has represented his district, in the Houston area, since 1993. He favored the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate on a bipartisan basis, but didn’t get a vote in the House.

Regarding the president’s coming immigration move, Green added that, “a lot of folks think this is probably much later than it should be.”

Correction, 9:45 p.m.: This post originally misstated Congressman Gene Green’s party affiliation. He is a Democrat, not a Republican.