President Obama is pushing a path to citizenship as a “poison pill” to prevent meaningful immigration reform, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) charged Monday.

“The part that I’ve got deep concerns about is any path to citizenship for those who are here illegally,” Cruz said during an interview with Sean Hannity. “I think that is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed the rules, who have waited in line.

“I think the reason that President Obama is insisting on a path to citizenship is that it is designed to be a poison pill to scuttle the whole bill, so he can have a political issue in 2014 and 2016. I think that’s really unfortunate,” continued Cruz.

The Tea Party favorite said Congress could easily pass a comprehensive immigration reform deal if Democrats, and particularly Obama, stopped demanding the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally.