Cornyn: Immigration Reform Too Important To Be Debated Behind Closed Doors

In: All News   Posted 06/08/2007

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee, made the following statement regarding his vote to continue debate on S. 1348, the immigration reform bill.  In a bipartisan vote, the Senate tonight defeated an effort by the Democrat Leader to end debate on the legislation. “This is one of the most important issues facing our country today.  I simply do not understand why some of my colleagues want to jam this legislation through the Congress without a serious and thorough examination of its consequences.    “We must gain control of our borders and comprehensively reform our broken immigration system. I fully support and want to help pass a comprehensive bill.  But this proposed bill, as written, falls far short of what America both demands and deserves.  It does contain several long-term positive changes, such as increased border security and a temporary worker program, but it has several very troubling provisions that I fear, unless fixed, will cause this country to see a repeat of the 1986 amnesty problems. “Last Congress, the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted roughly 13 hearings, held more than 60 votes and adopted 54 amendments through an open and public debate.  This year, a small group of Senators drafted an extraordinarily complex bill behind closed doors, and yet, the rest of the Senate was given a very limited opportunity to debate and vote on public amendments. “This is not how the business of the American people ought to be conducted.  For a legislation of this magnitude there should be a full and open airing of ideas.  Regrettably, that has not happened and tonight, a bipartisan group of Senators made clear that they do not support the decision by the Democrat Leader to shutdown debate on this very critical issue to America’s future.”Sen. Cornyn serves on the Armed Services, Judiciary and Budget Committees. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Border Security and Refugees subcommittee and the Armed Services Committee’s Airland subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.