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Congrats, Texas Senator John Cornyn!
Last week’s Republican-backed Hispanic Leadership Network conference in South Florida overflowed with chatter about how the GOP needs to improve its positioning with Latino voters. Amidst all the discussion, however, few voices at the conference admitted the simple truth that appealing to Latino voters will not simply require a change in “tone” when it comes to the immigration issue, but a change in policies advocated by the GOP.
At the conference, one speaker stood out in particular for his rank hypocrisy on immigration, continuing an unprecedented effort to portray himself as a supporter of common sense immigration reform while consistently working to derail issue. So without further adieu, and in the spirit of Hollywood’s awards season, America’s Voice would like to honor Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) with the prestigious award of “Biggest Hypocrite on Immigration, January 2011.”
According to Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice:
“It’s truly a dishonor and far from a privilege to present this award to Senator Cornyn. While he continues to talk a good game about the need for common sense immigration reform, every single time it’s mattered, Senator Cornyn has voted the wrong way. It’s incredible that he continues to blame Democrats for the lack of progress on immigration solutions, when Senator Cornyn has consistently opposed reform in Congress.”
At the Hispanic Leadership Network conference, Senator Cornyn portrayed himself as a dedicated advocate for immigration reform and blamed the lack of progress on Democrats. According to POLITICO, Cornyn “reiterated his commitment to overhauling immigration, saying a broken system serves neither ‘our interests or our values.’”
Senator Cornyn stated:
“It is easy to be skeptical about the prospects of immigration reform when both the White House and the United States Senate have been in hands of Democratic leaders who make promises they have not fulfilled…We can’t simply kick the can down the road.”