"More funding is a real possibility... We'd be delighted to try to get you some of those resources... I'm here to find out what I can do to support your efforts and take that back to Congress to lead the charge to try to fix our broken border and immigration system... [at the end of the meeting:] This is not the end. This is the beginning of a good working relationship."In isolation, those comments are almost comic. The article also includes this:
"I felt good leaving the meeting," said [Goliad County Sheriff Robert De La Garza]. "The senator looked me straight in the eye and told me he's going to help."Yeah, some people can pull that off.
...Ned Miester of the Texas Farm Bureau appealed to Cornyn to not take any action that would lead to the closing of the border, saying farmers need the workers who come up from Mexico.In other words, he's willing to allow the porous borders so someone can grow squash. And, the PDF excerpt here makes it clear that he supports illegal immigration. Previous coverage of Cornyn starts here.
Meister said a Lubbock squash farmer is currently losing up to $10,000 a day because he doesn't have enough pickers to harvest his crop.
Cornyn said the solution isn't to deploy the military or to build a wall, and agreed that some immigrants "do jobs Americans are not always willing to do."
He said a balance must be struck between economic and security needs...
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