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Texas Border Business

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) previewed his trip to McAllen, Texas with Vice President Pence and some of his Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues. He also discussed the need to pass his bipartisan immigration bill, the HUMANE Actand his Missing Migrants and Unidentified Remains Act. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here. 

“Tomorrow I’ll join some of my colleagues from the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as the Vice President for a trip to McAllen, Texas.”

“For each of the past four months, more than 100,000 migrants have crossed our southern border and presented themselves to the Border Patrol. This has placed an unbelievable strain on federal, state, and local law enforcement as well as the cities, the counties, and the nongovernmental organizations that have tried to step in to help.”

“We need to pass legislation here in Congress that makes lasting changes to our immigration system, particularly our system whereby people apply for and receive asylum, so we can prevent this humanitarian crisis from becoming the norm.”

“I’ve introduced bipartisan legislation called the HUMANE Act… This is the only bipartisan, bicameral bill that I believe would help staunch the flow of humanity across the border and deal with the underlying causes.”

“Our bill would close a major loophole that is being exploited by the human smugglers that serve as a poll factor for those who want to come to the United States illegally.”

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“Sadly, those of us that live in border states have also seen the toll this treacherous journey takes on migrants, and we’ve had to face the dark reality that many don’t survive the journey.”

“The process of identifying these remains is expensive and it also often falls on local taxpayers, like the taxpayers of Brooks County, Texas.”

“I’ll soon be reintroducing a bill I authored last year to provide some relief. It’s called the Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act. It’ll provide local jurisdictions with the resources they need to identify the remains of those who’ve died along the border and solve missing person cases.”

“I appreciate the feedback of the folks who live and work in our border communities, and I look forward to heading to the Rio Grande Valley tomorrow with the Vice President and a number of my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee to hear more about the challenges they’re facing.”

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