June 13, 2019/Media

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Cornyn Blames Congress For Being “AWOL” on Border Security After Leading the Charge Against Bipartisan Immigration Reform

Topline: Americans deserve real solutions to the immigration debate, not fear-mongering and divisive politics that tear families apart. Trump Republicans, like Cornyn, have stood in the way of any reasonable solution to a broken immigration system.

Austin, TX — In a Senate hearing this week, President Trump’s acting Homeland Security Secretary admitted the country would “be a lot more secure on the border” if bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation had been enacted in 2013. At the same time, Senator John Cornyn was blasting Congress for being “AWOL” on the border, saying there was “absolutely no justification” for Congress’ inaction. You can’t make this stuff up.

Of course, when Republicans and Democrats actually came together to pass bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system in 2013, it was Senator Cornyn who tried to “sabotage” the bill with a “poison pill” amendment that even Republicans slammed as costly and difficult to reach. Cornyn’s “long record” of bad-faith efforts to derail commonsense immigration reform was seen as so toxic to passing bipartisan legislation that he was reportedly excluded from key early negotiations altogether.

The bill ended up passing the Senate with votes from more than two-thirds of Senators, while Cornyn joined Senator Mitch McConnell and a handful of obstructionist Republicans to vote against advancing this proposal — showing “a lack of leadership on an issue of vital importance to” millions of Texans.

Read more about Cornyn’s record of obstruction and opposition to bipartisan efforts to reform our immigration system:

  • Houston Chronicle Editorial: “Cornyn denies he’s trying to insert ‘a poison pill’ into the decision-making process, although proponents of reform have a right to be suspicious. He played a similar game during abortive efforts to reform immigration in 2006 and 2007. He also voted against the DREAM Act in 2010.”

  • Dallas Morning News Editorial: “Cruz and Sen. John Cornyn cast two of just five votes against the immigration bill. By distancing themselves from the bipartisan compromise, they show a lack of leadership on an issue of vital importance to our state.”

  • Washington Post Editorial: “Sen. John Cornyn’s 134-page amendment to the ‘Gang of Eight’s’ immigration bill moved this last week to the center of the Senate’s floor debate on the overall measure. That’s worrying, because the amendment is more likely to kill reform than to advance it.”

  • The Hill: “Cornyn has a long record of calling for immigration reform but voting against Senate proposals.”

  • McClatchy: “John McCain made a quick stop at the Capitol one day last spring to sit in on Senate negotiations on the big immigration bill, and John Cornyn was not pleased… McCain called Cornyn’s claim ‘chicken-s—,’ according to people familiar with the meeting, and charged that the Texan was looking for an excuse to scuttle the bill.”

  • Roll Call: “…Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman John Cornyn (Texas), one of the few in the GOP leadership who vigorously opposed the immigration bill…”

  • Houston Chronicle: “Cornyn…was blamed by labor unions and immigration groups for killing the bipartisan bill last year through obstructionism.”

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