July 12, 2019/Media

RELEASE: Ahead of Pence-Cornyn Border Facility Sideshow, Take a Look At Their Cruel Records and Rhetoric on Migrant Conditions at the Border

Austin, TX — Today, Vice President Mike Pence and his favorite Texas lapdog John Cornyn are bringing cameras, spin, and propaganda to border facilities holding children in inhumane conditions across southern Texas.

Not only do Pence and Cornyn refuse to acknowledge these cruelties but they are both major parts of the reason why we are seeing the conditions that we see at the border today.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at Cornyn and Pence’s similar rhetoric and record when it comes to the border:

Mike Pence

June 30, 2019: Pence said it’s “morally wrong” to work with Democrats to pass comprehensive immigration reform

April 11, 2019: Pence says walls work

  • “Walls work. You all know that better than anyone,” he told the agents, adding that the administration also was looking at ways to fill staffing shortages within Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol and modernize ports of entry.

February 17, 2018: Pence falsely claims Border Control apprehends 7 terrorists a day at the southern border — Rated “Pants on Fire” by Politifact

  • “We’ve made progress but we still have work to do,” Pence said. According to the White House transcript, Pence went on: “I learned yesterday at the Hidalgo border center that along the southern border of the United States, we actually still apprehend 1,100 individuals a day, who are attempting to enter this country illegally, including seven individuals a day who are either known or suspected terrorists.”

July 6, 2018: Pence says Central American immigrants think they can ignore the law

  • “[many immigrants] are making the journey seeking economic opportunity, driven by the misguided belief that they can ignore the laws of the United States and enter our nation without consequences.”

John Cornyn

June 15, 2013: Cornyn stuck a “poison pill” into the 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration deal that successfully killed any action on reform.

June 29, 2011: June Cornyn voted against a clean DREAM Act, not once – but TWICE, despite continuously insisting that he supports a pathway to citizenship for American DREAMers.

June 18, 2018: Cornyn endorsed the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” prosecution policy, the one thing singularly responsible for the recent spike in migrant family separations at the border.

March 1, 2019: Cornyn on if there is a Humanitarian Crisis at the Border — “I think I’ll leave for others the effort to try to distinguish between an emergency and a humanitarian crisis; I don’t see any difference.”

And the kicker:

July 9, 2019: It was reported that John Cornyn took at least $40,000 in PAC money from the private immigration detention industry, including $10,000 from GEO Group, which operates detention centers for ICE in Conroe, Del Rio, Karnes City, Laredo, Pearsall and Robstown.