The Corner

Cornyn: “I simply cannot, and will not, support any legislation that repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty.”

His statement on the deal:

While I appreciate the hard work by my colleagues as we spent countless hours negotiating this very difficult issue, I have serious concerns with the principles outlined in today’s announcement.

I simply cannot, and will not, support any legislation that repeats the mistakes of the 1986 amnesty.  So we have to make a basic determination:  Will this bill restore respect for our laws?  Or will it have the opposite effect, and encourage still more disregard for our immigration and border security laws,  placing us within a few years in the same untenable position we’re now in?

I believe today’s announcement is somewhat premature because specific legislative text has yet to be drafted on a number of key details.  Until I have the opportunity to review this text, I will withhold from making more detailed comments.  Clearly, however, there will be an opportunity to introduce amendments to this legislation, and I expect there will be a number of areas where that will be necessary.”