As his colleagues inched closer to immigration reform, Senator Ted Cruz took to Twitter, sending out messages about what he calls the "Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill."
The tweets included the hash tag "Go8." Among them: "#Go8 is still amnesty first, security later (if ever). We need border security now."
But not all Republicans share his view.
"I think that this legislation should reassure anyone who is concerned about a lack of security on the border," Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said during an appearance on the Fox News Channel. " Is it more that I would have recommended? Honestly, yes, but we got to get people confident, anD by the way, if there's anyone who will still argue the border is not secure after this, then border security is not their reason for opposing a path to citizenship for people who are in this country illegally."
Mark Jones chairs Rice University's political science department.
"Cruz from the get go, that's going back to the primary against David Dewhurst, has remained adamant in opposing anything that entails a pathway to citizenship, as well has been very insistent on securing the border," Jones said in an interview last week. "To an extreme degree, one might add."
Lawmakers have made changes to the bill originally pitched by the Gang of Eight. Even so, among other things, the Cruz twitter page said the deal almost completely halts deportations for two and half years, allows members of criminal gangs to gain entry to the country, and allows the Homeland Security secretary to waive fees for illegal immigrants.
He has a lot of online support and critics.
The senate break through and Senator Cruz's criticism of the bill come as Houston Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez sponsors an immigration forum to help undocumented students temporarily stay in the United States legally through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The event takes place Saturday at Jefferson Davis High School. Organizers expect a turnout of more than one hundred.
"Many of these young people through no fault of their own got caught up in a process and we need to make sure we correct this," Gonzalez said. "Rhetoric isn't going to get us anything, just anger. And spewing falsehoods isn't going to solve the problem."