Immigration Debate About Deeply Held Values, Respect For the Rule of Law

Senator John Cornyn
2013-05-09 11:52:19
THE LONESTAR WEEKLY Senator Cornyn�s E-Newsletter The Lonestar Weekly* *Immigration Debate About Deeply Held Values, Respect for the Rule of Law* *�Our conversation about America�s immigration system is, at core, about people�* *U.S. Senator John Cornyn�gave the following statement�ahead of Senate Judiciary Committee�s consideration of the immigration reform bill.� * �Mr. Chairman we obviously all bring our own unique experiences to this discussion, but my congratulations to the Gang of 8 for their constructive work, but now is the time for the other 92 members of the United States Senate to weigh in and I hope we�ll have a process that allows all of us to contribute.� �It�s, I think, notable, that we have 43 new Senators in the Senate since the last time we took up a comprehensive immigration bill in 2007, so there�s a lot of people who know a lot about this topic, and a lot of people who are engaging in this subject perhaps anew. �People come to America for many different reasons.� Of course, as we are sometimes painfully reminded, not everyone comes with good intentions.� But the vast majority of immigrants�both legal and illegal�come because they want to make a better life for themselves and their families. �America is a welcoming nation that rewards hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. That spirit and work ethic is alive and well in Texas, where we continue to grow the economy and add jobs.� In Texas we welcome hard-working people who are willing to take a risk and start a business, people who start with nothing and lift themselves up and help their families live a better life. �Our conversation about America�s immigration system is, at core, about people�and we must never forget that.� �It�s about the Mexican-American landowners and ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley, many of whom have called the border region their home for generations. �It�s about the Vietnamese restaurant owner in Houston whose daughter works as a hostess when she�s home from college on break. �It�s about the Salvadorans working in the kitchen who hope to save up enough money to open their own restaurant someday. �It�s about the gifted young technologist from China who wants to be the next Michael Dell or Andy Grove. �It�s about dreams and success stories, but it�s also about heartache and tragedy. �It�s about the family of illegal immigrants terrorized by violent street gangs, who refuse to call the police out of fear their encounters with law enforcement could lead to their deportation. �It�s about a young woman from Nicaragua who pays a coyote thousands of dollars to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, only to be exploited as a victim of modern-day slavery. �These are uncomfortable, and emotional issues but we cannot ignore them.� This is a debate that cannot be guided by emotion alone though. �This debate is about our most deeply-held values. One of those is respect for the rule of law. For too long, our immigration laws have gone unenforced and have been violated with impunity. Our effort to fix the broken immigration system must begin at the border�where we must set objective, realistic goals and then meet those goals. �But as we all know, we can�t solve the problem just at the border alone. Forty percent of our illegal immigration is the result of people who enter the country legally, but never leave when their visa expires. We had passed a law in 1996 mandating an entry-exit system which has never, ever been implemented. We must provide employers with a straightforward, accurate verification system to determine the legal status of new hires. �It�s our duty to look carefully at every provision of the bill�and to speak up if we disagree and to offer constructive suggestions to improve it. �So I anticipate a spirited, civil discussion about the bill. But my constituents at their core are pragmatists. That�s because we live with this issue every day of our lives, because of our 1,200 mile common border with Mexico and the fact that about a third of my constituents and Sen. Cruz�s constituents are Hispanic � who�ve been the benefits of our immigration system and who�ve added immeasurably to our state. �This legislation makes a number of positive improvements, but there are areas that need to be improved even more. So I look forward to a robust discussion and I trust Mr. Chairman, given the size and the scope of this bill, that you will continue the Committee�s tradition of an open and robust debate. The challenge before us is to get this right and not to simply get it done.� � *Video of Sen. 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Immigration Debate About Deeply Held Values, Respect for the Rule of Law

�Our conversation about America�s immigration system is, at core, about people�

U.S. Senator John Cornyn gave the following statement ahead of Senate Judiciary Committee�s consideration of the immigration reform bill. 

�Mr. Chairman we obviously all bring our own unique experiences to this discussion, but my congratulations to the Gang of 8 for their constructive work, but now is the time for the other 92 members of the United States Senate to weigh in and I hope we�ll have a process that allows all of us to contribute. 

�It�s, I think, notable, that we have 43 new Senators in the Senate since the last time we took up a comprehensive immigration bill in 2007, so there�s a lot of people who know a lot about this topic, and a lot of people who are engaging in this subject perhaps anew.

�People come to America for many different reasons.  Of course, as we are sometimes painfully reminded, not everyone comes with good intentions.  But the vast majority of immigrants�both legal and illegal�come because they want to make a better life for themselves and their families.

�America is a welcoming nation that rewards hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. That spirit and work ethic is alive and well in Texas, where we continue to grow the economy and add jobs.  In Texas we welcome hard-working people who are willing to take a risk and start a business, people who start with nothing and lift themselves up and help their families live a better life.

�Our conversation about America�s immigration system is, at core, about people�and we must never forget that. 

�It�s about the Mexican-American landowners and ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley, many of whom have called the border region their home for generations.

�It�s about the Vietnamese restaurant owner in Houston whose daughter works as a hostess when she�s home from college on break.

�It�s about the Salvadorans working in the kitchen who hope to save up enough money to open their own restaurant someday.

�It�s about the gifted young technologist from China who wants to be the next Michael Dell or Andy Grove.

�It�s about dreams and success stories, but it�s also about heartache and tragedy.

�It�s about the family of illegal immigrants terrorized by violent street gangs, who refuse to call the police out of fear their encounters with law enforcement could lead to their deportation.

�It�s about a young woman from Nicaragua who pays a coyote thousands of dollars to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, only to be exploited as a victim of modern-day slavery.

�These are uncomfortable, and emotional issues but we cannot ignore them.  This is a debate that cannot be guided by emotion alone though.

�This debate is about our most deeply-held values. One of those is respect for the rule of law. For too long, our immigration laws have gone unenforced and have been violated with impunity. Our effort to fix the broken immigration system must begin at the border�where we must set objective, realistic goals and then meet those goals.

�But as we all know, we can�t solve the problem just at the border alone. Forty percent of our illegal immigration is the result of people who enter the country legally, but never leave when their visa expires. We had passed a law in 1996 mandating an entry-exit system which has never, ever been implemented. We must provide employers with a straightforward, accurate verification system to determine the legal status of new hires.

�It�s our duty to look carefully at every provision of the bill�and to speak up if we disagree and to offer constructive suggestions to improve it.

�So I anticipate a spirited, civil discussion about the bill. But my constituents at their core are pragmatists. That�s because we live with this issue every day of our lives, because of our 1,200 mile common border with Mexico and the fact that about a third of my constituents and Sen. Cruz�s constituents are Hispanic � who�ve been the benefits of our immigration system and who�ve added immeasurably to our state.

�This legislation makes a number of positive improvements, but there are areas that need to be improved even more. So I look forward to a robust discussion and I trust Mr. Chairman, given the size and the scope of this bill, that you will continue the Committee�s tradition of an open and robust debate. The challenge before us is to get this right and not to simply get it done.�

 

Video of Sen. Cornyn's remarks can be found

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