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On House floor, Joe Garcia calls Ted Cruz's immigration moves 'un-American'


Congressman Joe Garcia, a Miami Democrat, gave an impassioned speech on the U.S. House of Representatives floor Friday lambasting Republicans -- and specifically Senator Ted Cruz of Texas -- for failing to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Garcia didn't mention Cruz by name. But he railed against "a fellow Cuban American that sits in the other house" for "dictating to this house that we should strip away rights -- strip away rights from children."

"It's un-American," Garcia said, to applause inside the chambers.

The House extended its session to try to pass a child immigration bill before its summer recess. A day earlier, House Republicans met with Cruz, a conservative tea-party favorite, who said the legislation didn't go far enough.