Cruz agenda not welcome in Iowa

Cruz On Out of Here:  Sen. Cruz’s anti-immigrant agenda not welcome in Iowa

 Senator Cruz, one of the most outspoken opponents of comprehensive immigration reform, is in Des Moines today at a GOP fundraiser

Des Moines, IA  — Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund condemn the Iowa Republican Party for inviting anti-immigrant Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to Iowa to speak at a GOP fundraiser.

“Senator Cruz is an anti-immigrant Tea Party extremist who is set on preventing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million hopeful Americans. We don’t want his anti-immigrant agenda here,” said Gloria Aguilar, a CCI Action Fund member from Des Moines. “He is here testing the waters for his 2016 candidacy, and we’re telling him that the water’s too hot, he is not welcome here.”

“Cruz can cruise right on out of Iowa, and not come back.”

Cruz, along with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), has been at the forefront of gutting comprehensive immigration reform. Even after the U.S. Senate reached an agreement on border control in the current Gang of Eight bill, which would take excessive measures to militarize the U.S. border but still retain a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring citizens, Sen. Cruz spoke in length and voted against the bill.

On July 9th, Senator Cruz tweeted that House Republicans “should do the country a service and put a stake” through the heart of comprehensive immigration reform.

“Senator Cruz wants to tear families apart and increase harsh enforcement and deportations,” said Aguilar. “Iowans don’t want that. He should leave and not come back.”

Iowa CCI Action Fund members are pushing for fair and comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, protects civil and labor rights, and provides a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million hopeful Americans.

Iowa CCI is a statewide people’s action group that uses community organizing to build grassroots power and win public policy that puts communities before corporations and people before profits, politics, and polluters.

Iowa CCI Action Fund is a C4 sister organization with political bite.

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 The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund is a 501c4 non-profit organization dedicated to building social, economic, and environmental justice through community organizing, education, and advocacy.

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