Cornyn on Democrats’ Border Trip Today

In: All News   Posted 07/19/2019

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the upcoming trip Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is leading to the Texas-Mexico border: 

“Democrats had a chance to visit the border with us in a bipartisan way last week but refused. We have an ongoing humanitarian and security crisis and now is not the time to play politics – it’s a time to come together,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I urge my Democratic friends to support the only bipartisan solution that has been offered - the HUMANE Act.”

Background on the HUMANE Act:

Improving Care of Children and Families at the Border:

·         Requires DHS to keep families together during court proceedings and provide additional standards of care for families being held in DHS facilities*

·         Improves Due Process for unaccompanied children and family units by prioritizing their claims for relief in immigration courts.

·         Provides safeguards to prevent unaccompanied children from being placed in the custody of dangerous individuals.

·         Requires DHS to continually update their regulations to prevent and combat sexual abuse and assault in DHS facilities.

·         Fixes a loophole in current law to allow unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries to be voluntarily reunited with their families in their home country.*

·         Clarifies that the Flores settlement agreement applies to unaccompanied children apprehended at the border.*

Streamlining Processing and Increasing Resources at Ports of Entry:

·         Mandates the hiring of additional DHS personnel, upgrades and modernization of our nation’s ports of entry to expedite legitimate trade and travel.

·         Improves processing of humanitarian relief claims by requiring certain applications take place at designated ports of entry.*

·         Requires DHS to establish four or more Regional Processing Centers in high-traffic areas to process and house family units in a humane environment.*

·         Mandates a strategy and implementation plan from the Department of State regarding foreign engagement with Central American nations.

*Recommendation of the bipartisan DHS Homeland Security Advisory Council