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Home | Opinion | Op-Ed: Video – Senator Cornyn Discusses the Migrant Crisis in Mexico

Op-Ed: Video – Senator Cornyn Discusses the Migrant Crisis in Mexico

WASHINGTON – On Thursday on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed the migrant crisis at our Southern border. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found above.

“Coming from Texas, with a 1,200 mile common border with Mexico, caravans are not unheard of. In fact, we have many caravans showing up on a daily basis at border patrol stations: unaccompanied children, families. What has happened is that the cartels – these transnational criminal organizations that have figured out as part of their business model that they can make money by shipping migrants up through Mexico into the United States, or ship drugs up from Mexico into the United States, or traffic in children and women for sex slavery – they figured out they can make money because of the gaps in our border security, because of the characteristics of our law that make it impossible for us to deter many of the immigrants coming from Central America.”

“This is a phenomenon that has been occurring on a daily basis for the foreseeable past, and it’s because of a glitch in our laws that our Democratic colleagues are well aware of, that we’ve tried to fix. But they simply will not cooperate with us in order to fix them.”

“About 40 percent of my constituents in Texas are of a Hispanic origin, many of whom live along that international border, who understand that the cartels that traffic in people, and drugs, and contraband are criminal organizations that threaten their security and safety. So I feel very strongly about this issue.”

“We can’t forget that our border communities are critically important, and any solution we find must somehow balance our normal compassion for people who are vulnerable and people who are seeking a better life, balancing that compassion with the rule of law and our ability to protect our own sovereignty by securing our borders and controlling illegal immigration into the United States.”

“In the coming weeks, I hope we can work with the Administration to determine a course of action that addresses the real needs of legitimate asylum seekers without rewarding illegal activity.”

“We need to send a message that the United States alone cannot bear the burden of this mass migration, and we need to ensure that those who seek to enter the United States do so legally.”

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Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

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4 comments

  1. Were ANY Republican to tell the truth about immigration, we would gladly listen to their updates. As it stands now, there has been so much bait and switch from Conservatives that ANYTHING they say is taken with a truck of salt.

  2. How about this for a “course of action:” Instead of sucking up to the administration and agreeing to send 15000 troops to guard a bunch of tumbleweeds and cacti from people legally attempting to seek asylum in the US, why not send Federal judges and immigration lawyers instead to help speed up the process?

    Instead of separating families, why not send 5000 social workers to help keep families together and counsel them on how to best work through the American system?

  3. ONE THING IS FOR SURE! and that is John Cornyn HAS GOT TO GO IN 2020! RARE…Old white man in the GOP swamp establishment. John Cornyn knows nothing about immigrants and asylum.As he tags along with Ted Cruz,Mitch McConnell,Marco Rubio and some gop Klansmen and Klanswoman Cindy Hyde Smith.
    Not much talk about putting immigrant children inside cages or separating them away from their parents and spinning them off like a wheel of fortune.Wherever their headed, nobody knows, it’s not Jeff Sessions call anymore, and Matt Whitaker is a real NUT JOB!
    Now that Texas got to know Beto O’Rourke, and that he stands behind all Texans! He should UNSEAT, John Cornyn for the US senate in 2020.
    WHAT ABOUT THAT BLUE WAVE EL PASO! SEE ALL THAT DIVERSITY…..That’s got republicans running scare that there are MORE OF US! than there is of you….and our numbers are growing as the republicans are shrinking and hopefully soon they’ll become EXTINCT!
    O’Rourke would had won! if not for all that gerrymandering and voter suppression done by the republicans ,in order to hold on to power. Greg Abbott is just another Klansman,Brain Kemp.

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