Finding Solutions With Security

We must take immediate action to secure our borders and to fix our broken immigration system. The people of Texas demand results, not more broken promises from Washington.

Senator John Cornyn

As a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee which handles immigration and border security issues, Sen. Cornyn is a leader on issues that affect the lives of Texans every day. He strongly believes that securing our southern border must be a top priority in dealing with our national security and our broken immigration system. Sen. Cornyn believes common-sense reforms are needed to improve legal immigration and increase the flow of legitimate trade and travel through our ports of entry.

 

Floor Speeches and Videos

  • Authored the Building America’s Trust Act (S. 1757, 115th Congress, which would enact a comprehensive strategy and sector-by-sector requirements for achieving operational control, persistent surveillance, and the prevention of illegal immigration on our nation’s borders. It focuses on three main pillars: increase resources at our border, boost trade through ports of entry, and strengthen enforcement of existing laws.
  • Cosponsored the Secure and Succeed Act (Senate Amendment 1959) which would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA and DACA-eligible individuals, appropriate $25 billion for border security, limit family-based immigration to the nuclear family, and re-allocate the Diversity Visa lottery to reduce the visa backlog.
  • Authored the Cross Border Trade Enhancement Act, which was signed into law to allow greater collaboration between private companies and Customs and Border Patrol and to facilitate more efficient trade and travel through our ports of entry.
    • Four Texas ports of entry have already been selected for public-private partnerships under authority of this bill: the Anzalduas Bridge, Cameron County, the City of Donna, and the city of Laredo.
    • The pilot program, authorized by language of Sen. Cornyn in 2014, has allowed the City of El Paso to reduce wait times and collect a 10 to 1 direct return on investment.
  • Has been a staunch supporter of modernizing NAFTA to preserve the millions of Texas jobs that rely on trade with Mexico and Canada. 
  • Introduced the Emergency Port of Entry Personnel and Infrastructure Funding Act to reduce border inspection times by constructing additional inspection lanes at ports of entry in Texas and authorizing Customs and Border Protection to hire more inspectors.
  • Introduced the U.S. Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act, now law, to initiate an in-depth analysis of the strengths, opportunities, and vulnerabilities of U.S. ports of entry so we can promote more efficient trade and travel across our borders while targeting vulnerabilities to decrease illegal activity.
  • Lead cosponsor of the Secure the Border First Act of 2015 (s. 208 – 114th Congress), which would enact a comprehensive strategy and sector-by-sector requirements for achieving operational control, persistent surveillance, and the prevention of illegal immigration on our nation’s borders. This legislation also includes tough penalties on the Department of Homeland Security for failing to secure the border.
  • Cosponsored the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act (S. 2146, 114th Congress), which would hold sanctuary cities accountable for defying federal immigration laws and increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed.
  • Introduced and led efforts to pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, which passed the Senate unanimously and was signed into law in 2015.  This legislation cracks down on human trafficking and provides help for victims by creating new law enforcement tools to fight human traffickers and the criminal networks that support them.
  • Cosponsored and led efforts to pass the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act of 2015, which makes it illegal for anyone to make or distribute drugs knowing that they will be illegally exported to or near the United States. This bill became law on May 16, 2016.
  • Cosponsored and led efforts to pass the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, now law, to help reduce the flow of drugs entering the United States across our southern border by focusing resources to interdict these shipments and help stem the growing tide of illicit drugs entering the U.S. market. 
  • Was one of the lead sponsors of the Remedies for Repatriation Refusal Act of 2016, known as “Casey’s Law,” to ensure that violent convicted criminals who illegally entered the U.S. are deported to their home countries and don’t remain in the United States and that the countries who refuse or delay the repatriation of their citizens are held accountable.
  • Sponsored the Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety while Upgrading Lawful Trade and travel Simultaneously (RESULTS) Amendment in the 113th Congress, which would provide resources, accountability, and boots on the ground to gain operational control of every sector of the Southern border, while improving our interior immigration enforcement system.
  • Introduced the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act of 2014 to address the large number of unaccompanied minors in the United States. This bill would have required quick resolution on the claims of these minors and allow reimbursement for responding to humanitarian crises.
  • Continues to work across the aisle to seek emergency funding or reimbursement for communities impacted by influxes of illegal immigrants along the Southern Border.
  • Voted for the following bills that included additional border funding: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 – public law 115-31; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 – public law 115-141; and Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019 – public law 116-6.
  • Championed a provision in the 5-year highway authorization allowing Texas to invest millions in border infrastructure.
  • Voted for the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect America Act (S. 2146, 114th Congress), which would have required the enforcement of federal immigration laws against criminals.
  • Voted for and championed language in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015, allowing border states like Texas to reserve highway funds for border infrastructure projects.
  • Continues to work across the aisle to seek emergency funding or reimbursement for communities impacted by humanitarian crises on the Southern Border. 

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