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Why a liberal Democrat just said Ted Cruz is an 'inadvertent' hero

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Sen. Ted Cruz has drawn lots of criticism in the wake of House leadership’s decision to pull an immigration supplemental intended to alleviate the border crisis.

The senator met with House Republicans and encouraged them to vote against the proposal, a move has many in the GOP irked.

But he might find support from an unusual source: Rep. Raul Grijalva, a progressive Arizona Democrat who opposed the legislation for ideologically opposite reasons.

“There’s kids right now going through this process from Central America that owe a debt of gratitude for their due process and the ability to be adjudicated correctly — they owe a debt of gratitude to Sen. Ted Cruz and the extreme branch of this caucus of the Republican side,” he said.

“Inadvertently, they have done a great humanitarian deed,” he added.

Grijalva and the vast majority of other House Democrats opposed the move in part because it would change a bill from 2008 that makes it easier to deport Mexican and Canadian immigrant children than immigrant children from other countries.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat, said he believed the 2008 bill should only be changed to be “more inclusive.”

Asked if he had thoughts on Grijalva’s sentiment, Castro paused and said, "No."

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Betsy Woodruff

Political Writer
The Washington Examiner

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