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Sen. John Cornyn, a demagogue from Texas, ignores the realities of illegal immigration

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During an appearance on a local radio station Thursday morning, Texas Senator John Cornyn [above] claimed that people from all over the world are now entering the country illegally through Texas and insisted that any Congressional effort to reform the immigration system must invest in border security.

“You gotta stop the flow of people coming across and my friends and your friends Edd who have places in South Texas tell me, as a matter a fact a guy told me last night, he said we’ve got people coming across our place speaking Chinese, French and basically all of the languages in the world, coming through and across our southern border,” Cornyn said during an interview on KSEV.

While lawmakers agree that border security should be part of any comprehensive immigration reform package, the U.S. border is more secure than ever before.  Border crossings are at 40-year low — falling to their lowest level since the Nixon administration — and net undocumented migration is at or below zero. Border agents patrol every single mile of the border every day and the vast majority of the border already meets one of Homeland Security’s highest standards of security.

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  1. I will never understand the Republican position on immigration policy. One would think they would have a free-market approach and allow everyone access to our markets. This would provide an efficiency in the market which we are not fully realizing. In addition, it would reduce government expenditures through reductions in DNS and costs for exportation.

  2. I suspect border crossings are at an all time low because of the economy.

  3. doc: The point is that John Cornyn is demagoguing the issue, pretending that illegal immigration is rampant and that border security is lax, neither of which are true.

    He’s just trying to stir up the slack-jawed xenophobes in your party.

  4. Dave, many Republicans do have a free-market approach to illegal immigrants. Witness the business/farming community’s outrage over how anti-immigrant laws in Alabama are hurting their bottom line.

    What they don’t want is these cheap workers getting the protections and benefits other citizens get. They don’t want them siring new Americans while here, and having to listen to “basically all of the languages in the world, coming through and across our southern border.”

  5. Craig Knauss

    “…crossings are at an all time low because of the economy.”

    Maybe a little. But how about the miles of fence, electronic surveillance systems, drones, increased number of Border Patrol, increased apprehensions, etc. that have been added in the recent past? Could any of that have an effect?

    Luke, the exact same thing is happening in eastern Washington state. After all illegal labor is the next best thing to legalized slavery.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    I listen to a landscape business owner from Chicago complain about possibly losing her illegal workers that she employs (illegally) that allow her to move to Florida for the 3 months of winter. She made it very clear that paying real American wages like the minimum wage was not acceptable to her bottom line.
    How can people think they can have it both ways like that. Pure greed like that is just rotten

  7. Isn’t Texas considering secession? Should that come to fruition then all they would have to worry about are Okies from Muskogee.

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