Senator John Cornyn

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Senate Rejects "Keep Immigrant Families Together" Bills; Texas Senator Not Hopeful

July 26, 2018 - 8:12 am

By Chris Fox 

AUSTIN (KRLD) - The US Senate has rejected two more partisan Family Unification Bills addressing immigrant families crossing the US border.

US Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate Majority Whip told reporters on a conference call he didn’t think Republicans and Democrats were capable of coming together on the issue.

“Sadly I’ve been disappointed too many times in our efforts to fix our broken immigration system. I can only conclude that some people (Democrats) would rather have the status quo and the issue for the next election rather than solve the problem.”

Cornyn voted for the Republican bill authored by Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina. It would allow families to be detained together as their case works its way through the court system.

Cornyn says he supported it because he believes we need to keep families together, but also we need to enforce the law.

"In some cases what that means is we need to detain people in a safe and secure place. Then give them a chance to present their case to an immigration judge on a timely basis."

The bill also called for more immigration judges to speed up the process.

Cornyn says he voted against the Democrats Keep Family Together Act because it didn’t go far enough.

“It was basically Keep Families Together but don’t enforce the law bill…As long as we don’t enforce out immigration laws then we’re going to continue to see families flood across our border.”

Unlike the GOP bill the Democrats version honored the Flores settlement, which places restrictions on how long children can be detained.