Recently, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has unfortunately thrown in with the bipartisan immigration proposal, putting the needs of illegal immigrants over American citizens. This plan could lead to even more foreign graduates nabbing jobs from hard-working Americans. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) have been attempting to negotiate with House Democrat Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on a possible border deal, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also weighs in on this critical issue.
AND REPRESENTING TEXAS? Texas Sen. John Cornyn Caves to Lankford Immigration Plot: ‘Unique Leverage’ https://t.co/dbTsca2MmO
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As it currently stands, the proposed deal has no real chance of success in the House, as Speaker Johnson has brushed aside any talk of considering the bill. Instead, he insists that the House consider H.R. 2, a robust border bill already passed by House Republicans known as the Secure the Border Act. It’s clear that the Republicans are feeling the heat, as they recognize the need for a strong border policy, especially with the Democrats’ desire for increased Ukraine aid providing a unique political advantage.
Sen. Cornyn has echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the leverage that Republicans have due to the Democrats’ push for more Ukraine assistance. He recognizes that even with a Republican-controlled House, Senate, and White House, certain measures could not garner the necessary 60 votes. This is the time to act and secure conservative border policies that have been elusive for decades.
However, concerns have been raised about the immigration proposal led by Sen. Lankford, as it lacks adequate restrictions on immigration and may, in fact, encourage more individuals to enter the country illegally. Chris Chmielenski, president of the Immigration Accountability Project, highlighted several troubling aspects of the framework, including an increase in green cards, work permits for adult children of H-1B holders, immediate work permits for all illegal immigrants released from custody, and taxpayer-funded lawyers for certain individuals.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has strongly criticized the deal, labeling it a “sellout” that turns a blind eye to illegal immigration. He expresses frustration with the prioritization of Ukraine aid over addressing the crucial border situation, suggesting that some within the Republican Party are more aligned with President Biden on this issue.
In a recent Wall Street Journal poll, the majority of registered voters in Iowa identified immigration as the most pressing issue facing the nation, attributing more harm than good to immigration in the United States. These findings underscore the importance of addressing this critical issue and implementing impactful solutions.
It’s evident that Sen. Cornyn’s collaboration with Democrats on this immigration plan is a betrayal of conservative values and a disservice to the American people. The concerns raised by fellow Republicans highlight the urgency of prioritizing the country’s border security and immigration policies over other political agendas. The future of the nation and the well-being of its citizens must remain at the forefront of legislative decision-making.