|Howard Richman -- American Thinker -- May 14, 2015
Senator Cruz Files Amendment to prevent Fast Track from Changing U.S. Immigration Law
When Fast-Track is voted upon, Senator Ted Cruz plans to propose an amendment that would prevent Obama from using his Fast-Track power to change federal immigration law. A Texas newspaper reports:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today filed an amendment to the Trade Act of 2015 to lock in assurances that this legislation cannot be used to change federal immigration law.
“The Obama Administration has repeatedly assured Members of Congress that there is nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 that would allow the President to unilaterally make changes to federal immigration laws,” said Sen. Cruz. “I agree, and we should put it in writing and make it binding law. I am a strong supporter of free trade, but I cannot support legislation that would allow the President to once again circumvent Congress to enact his own immigration laws. Since the Obama Administration has emphatically argued that TPA [i.e. Fast Track] will not affect immigration, it should support this amendment, which makes that promise explicit.”
The amendment states that nothing in the Trade Act of 2015 or in any trade agreement subject to the Act “shall alter or affect any law, regulation, or policy relating to immigration.”
This amendment is critical, given that the Japanese Prime Minister disclosed on April 28 that the Trans Pacific Partnership treaty that he and Obama have been negotiating is "an ambitious attempt to create a new economic sphere in which people, goods and money will flow freely within the Asia-Pacific Region." Since both Mexico and the United States would be included, this implies the free flow of people between Mexico and the United States.