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DREAMer Cesar Vargas to John Cornyn: You Won't Get Away with Blocking Immigration Reform This Time

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Cross-posted at Burnt Orange Report

Today, The Houston Chronicle published a searing op-ed from Cesar Vargas of the DREAM Action Coalition, which targeted Texas Senator John Cornyn on immigration. At America’s Voice, we consider Cornyn to a big hypocrite on immigration, so big of a hypocrite that we even gave him an award for it.

You’ll like this article, but Cornyn hated it. He (@JohnCornyn) actually tweeted “complete bs” to the DRM crew about it:

Seriously, that was the response of the senior Senator from Texas.

Here’s an excerpt from Cesar’s op-ed, but you should read the whole thing — just to make John Cornyn mad:

Since 2005, Sen. Cornyn has had a record of defeating reform efforts while portraying himself as a fighter to fix the country’s outdated immigration system. At the 2011 Hispanic Leadership Network conference, Cornyn said, “They (Democrats) have controlled Congress for four years, have occupied the White House for two years, and yet they’ve broken every promise to lead on immigration reform.” And last month, while accepting the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cornyn talked about the need to fix our broken immigration system. And yet, Cornyn in 2010 voted against the DREAM Act – a bill that would provide a path to legal status for certain undocumented students – and recently introduced a “border security only” bill despite the country’s overwhelming support for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Indeed, the “Gang of 8” legislation addresses many, if not all, of Cornyn’s demands for border security. Under the proposed legislation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security must create, fund and begin a border security plan within six months. DHS will receive billions of dollars to fund border security enhancements. For interior enforcement, the bill requires U.S. employers to implement E-Verify; government officials will have to set up an exit/entry system to track foreign visitors or workers who overstay their visas. Further, Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, both from the border state of Arizona, have pressed for heightened security measures in the compromise. There is minimal excuse for Cornyn to join anti-immigrant voices to halt progress.

This time, we’re all watching to see if Cornyn tries to play the same old games.  And, that’s not BS.

Check out our infographic encapsulating John Cornyn’s promises on immigration–and his failure to follow through with them: