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Cornyn and DACA

The Chron E-Board today has a take on DACA and devotes some ink to Texas’ U.S. Sen John Cornyn.  Here is the Cornyn part: 

U.S. Senate John Cornyn, R-Texas, is proposing an alternative approach. In a letter, he and his colleague, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, wrote to U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cornyn proposed what he calls “targeted legislation” that would carve out protection for the Dreamers from more comprehensive immigration legislation. 

The Texas senator reminded Durbin that the Judiciary Committee had recently held a hearing on the American Dream and Promise Act, which included a tangential provision creating a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrants. “As you knew when scheduling the hearing, there is no clear and politically viable path forward for such legislation in Congress,” Cornyn wrote. 

Cornyn requested “a markup of a bill that only addresses the population with the most urgent need: active DACA recipients.” 

Then Cornyn proposed exactly what he accused Durbin of doing: letting senators tack on other stuff to the bill. “We expect that such amendments would likely include proposals related to border security, interior enforcement and employment verification programs,” he wrote. 

That approach is the same Rio Grande quicksand that has hobbled every other good-faith effort to fix our immigration mess. 

It also deviates from what Cornyn told this editorial board in the heat of his election campaign, when he was still running ads in Spanish saying he “strongly supports the legalization of Dreamers.” 

Cornyn told us in October he had called President Trump directly to let him know “he no longer felt comfortable” using Dreamers as leverage to get the wall and other border-related Republican priorities. 

“I no longer believed it was moral, really, to use these young people who did nothing wrong,” Cornyn said. He lamented that “my view did not prevail” and suggested Trump was the main obstacle in helping Dreamers: “If the president would get behind it, it would provide political cover for a lot of people,” Cornyn said. “I think if it was on the floor, it would pass the Senate and it would pass the House and if the president would sign it, that would be a very important accomplishment.” 

Well, senator, you now have a president who just might sign a stand-alone DACA bill, if you had the courage to fight for it. 

Here is the entire take: Editorial: Trump is gone. What’s stopping Cornyn from supporting a clean DACA bill for Dreamers? (houstonchronicle.com). 

Cornyn is not going to do the right thing. He is going to listen to the Donald Trump base. He lacks courage to do what is right. This isn’t a hard one to figure out. He has bought into the racist BS. That is who he is. Gutless. 

I am definitely good with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi giving the heave ho to Cong. Jim Jordan and the other GOP fella.  All those guys were going to do was yell at, interrupt and berate witnesses.  They also would have spewed out lies. It would have been a clown show.  Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should have gone the bipartisan commission route with an equal number of Democrats and GOPers.  Now we will have a thoughtful and deliberate process to get us all the facts surrounding the insurrection. 

The truth is McCarthy and his crazyarse caucus don’t want us to find out the truth. They want January 6 to go away somehow. 

Commentary has said before that I don’t do many takes on college sports because it is or was all about the coaches making money and the players not.  Well, some players are now starting to cash in of sorts.  I really won’t weigh in on the latest about a couple of Big 12 teams wanting to join the SEC. 

We have today off and then the Rangers visit us for the weekend. 

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