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Did Ted Cruz Actually Support Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants?

An amendment he proposed that seemed to offer legal status to undocumented workers may have been intended as a poison pill.

The ways of the Senate are sometimes hard to translate, as demonstrated by the blowback over a parliamentary maneuver that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (center) tried on immigration with the support of Senator Mike Lee of Utah (left).

Photographer: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Under fire from Senator Ted Cruz for fighting "tooth and nail to try to jam [immigration] amnesty down the American people's throat" in 2013, Senator Marco Rubio retorted Thursday by arguing that the Texas senator has also backed legal status for undocumented immigrants.

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