Senator Cornyn

What They’re Saying: Cornyn’s Bipartisan Border Solutions Act

June 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)’s Bipartisan Border Solutions Act, the only bipartisan, bicameral legislation to respond to the surge in migrants coming across our southern border, has garnered support from immigration groups, elected officials, and business organizations. You can learn more about this legislation here.

National Border Patrol Council: “It will target resources to those of us directly responding to the increase of migrants, so that we can better do our jobs and keep American border communities safe. We appreciate their strong engagement with the border region and their firsthand knowledge of the current immigration crisis, and this bill will give us the resources to tackle today’s influx head-on.”  (President Brandon Judd, Letter, 4/27/2021)

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: “We need immigration reform that provides immigrants and asylum seeker with a process that is equitable and fair for all. The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act of 2021 will address our overwhelmed asylum-seeking process through additional resources to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) personnel, and more support for local governments in border communities.” (USHCC President and CEO Ramiro A. Cavazos, Statement, 5/18/21)

Texas Border Coalition: “Your legislation is an important step toward addressing this growing problem with adequately resourced immigration courts, smart border enforcement, common-sense immigration reform and support for local border communities that provide humanitarian assistance to migrants.” (Texas Border Coalition, Letter, 5/18/21)

Rio Grande Valley Partnership: “The RGV Partnership applauds the bipartisan efforts from lawmakers in both chambers to advance the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act of 2021.” (President/CEO Sergio Contreras, Letter, 5/18/2021)

South Texans’ Property Rights Association: “This legislation, if passed, would help by bringing the much needed resources to adjudicate asylum seekers at the southern border. Additionally, the bill would help streamline the current asylum system backlog, and more importantly the bill would expand the scope of well-being checks to ensure UAC are not being exploited by human and drug smugglers.” (Statement, 5/19/21)

Border Trade Alliance: “We believe strongly that your bill will better equip DHS and the Department of Justice to efficiently and properly manage the flow of migrants in a manner that treats migrants fairly, reduces the strain on local community resources, and maintains normal port of entry operations. We are especially encouraged that your legislation will allow DHS and DOJ increased hiring authority to ensure that frontline DHS personnel can continue to carry out their critically important agency mission.” (Chair Sergio Contreras and President Britton Mullen, Letter, 5/20/21)

Luis Sifuentes, Mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas: As Mayor of the City of Eagle Pass, I would like to extend my full support… this program will certainly attest to the urgency that small communities along the U.S.-Mexico border are experiencing on a daily basis.” (Mayor Sifuentes, Letter, 4/26/21)

Southwest Border Sheriffs Coalition and Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition: “Their Bipartisan Border Solutions Act does something no one else has: it brings together solutions from both parties to address our current border crisis now.  Thank you to Sen. Cornyn, Sen. Sinema, and Reps. Cuellar and Gonzales in the House, for accommodating law enforcement with resources to combat this crisis.” (Statements, 5/19/21)

Major Cities Chiefs Association: “The MCCA commends you for eschewing politics and working together in a bipartisan manner to ensure our country can better address these challenges… Several provisions in the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act will improve the ability of the federal government to respond to migrant surges at the border.” (Chief Art Acevedo, Letter, 4/26/21)

National Association of Evangelicals: “Your bill is an important first step toward a bipartisan solution to other issues and challenges… In a polarized political context, you both deserve much credit for working together across partisan lines to serve our nation.” (President Walter Kim and Vice President for Government Relations Galen Carey, Letter, 4/21/21)

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: “Your efforts provide hope that the reforms that will promote human flourishing through greater security and efficiency in our immigration system are indeed possible.” (President Russell Moore, Letter, 4/30/21)

Niskanen Center: Not only does this bill pose necessary and pragmatic changes advocated by Niskanen for years, but it also demonstrates the ability of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to work together to advance immigration reform. With such broad support, there is no reason to delay enacting this bill.” (Vice President of Policy and Director of Immigration Kristie De Peña, Statement, 4/23/21)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: These types of provisions are not only necessary to confront the ongoing crisis on our southern border, but they also need to be considered by Congress as they debate other immigration issues where reform is desperately needed.” (EVP and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley, Press Release, 4/22/21)

National Immigration Forum: This is a positive step that bodes well for the chances for immigration reforms this year. We commend Senators Cornyn and Sinema for working across party lines to introduce a bill that addresses current challenges at the U.S.-Mexico border.” (President and CEO Ali Noorani, Statement, 4/22/21)

American Business Immigration Coalition: A serious bipartisan effort to address the challenges at our nation’s borders… The ball is moving forward, progress is being made, and we celebrate these both senators for working together.” (ABIC Co-Chairs, Statement, 4/23/21)

Texas Association of Business: “TAB applauds Senator Cornyn and Senator Sinema’s bipartisan border bill.  We need a border that is safe, orderly and secure and we need to move forward on sensible bipartisan immigration solutions…” (TAB, Tweet, 4/23/21)

New American Economy: This immigration bill from Senator Cornyn and Senator Sinema shows bipartisan solutions on this issue are possible. We hope the Senate will work to advance this legislation alongside other bipartisan bills on needed protections.” (Executive Director Jeremy Robbins, Tweet, 4/23/21)

The LIBRE Initiative/Americans for Prosperity: Border states like Texas have had to improvise and adapt to address the weight of an immigration system in dire need of reform. We commend these lawmakers for introducing this bipartisan and bicameral legislation that will go a long way towards addressing the situation at the border.” (Coalitions Director Jorge Martinez and Americans for Prosperity Texas State Director Genevieve Collins, Statement, 4/22/21)