On the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged his Democrat colleagues to return to working with Republicans toward a solution for DACA recipients ahead of the President’s March 2018 deadline.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found above.
“Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee offered an initial proposal which our Democratic colleagues rejected out of hand.”
“By threatening to shut down the government, they are jeopardizing the future fate of those DACA recipients.”
“It’s not just my way or the highway. We’re going to have to come up with a negotiated outcome that demonstrates our compassion for these young adults who came here as children, through no fault of their own, and now find themselves trapped.”
“We all want a legislative solution, and we can find one as long as we quit the game-playing and the stunts and we sit down and negotiate seriously to try to come up with an avenue of relief- one borne by typical American compassion for these young people who find themselves at a dead end, and those who believe that we need to get to the underlying causes that caused them to be in this situation in the first place.”
“That’s a lack of appropriate border security and enforcement of our immigration laws. We can do this if we quit grandstanding and quit engaging in these sorts of stunts, and I hope we will.”