Cornyn asks Texans which should come first: border security or immigration reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says there is a “crisis” at the southern border and he wants to hear how Texans would like to address it.

Texas’ senior senator has a poll open on his website and it lists three options for Texans to vote on. 

Which of the following best describes how you think Congress should respond, the polls asks.

  1. Congress should act now to reform our immigration and asylum process.
  2. Congress should take immediate action to secure the border and reform our immigration process at the same time.
  3. Congress needs to secure the border; immigration reform is not important.

Cornyn offers some commentary alongside the poll. He says:

“We Texans know all too well that there’s a crisis on our southern border, and we know who’s to blame. Migrants from all around the world are showing up at our border, and the Biden administration is releasing them into the country.

“The cartels are taking advantage of the chaos they’ve created to bring crime and violence to our communities. They’re smuggling deadly drugs like fentanyl in quantities so large they could kill every single American more than 14 times over.

“But sadly Friend, there’s another growing crisis at our southern border, and it directly impacts the brave men and women of Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, who have dedicated themselves to doing all they can to keep us safe.

“The Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General recently released a report that told the devastating story of overworked and overwhelmed Border Patrol agents and CBP officers.

“According to the report, the Biden Border Crisis has “had negative impacts on the health and morale of law enforcement personnel, who already feel overworked and unable to perform their primary law enforcement duties.”

“The men and women securing our border deserve better.

“As this issue evolves and I continue working with my colleagues to find solutions to this crisis, I want to know how you feel. Please, take a moment to share your thoughts by answering the brief question below, or by replying to this email.”

He signs off, “For Texas, John.”

Editor’s Note: Click here to go to Sen. Cornyn’s website and respond to the poll. 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaking at a news conference held at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in July 2021.

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