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Bypassing Congress will harm reform

Special to the Courier

United States Senator John Cornyn spoke on the Senate floor on Monday, Nov. 17, addressing reports that President Barack Obama plans to go around Congress and issue an executive order on immigration.
"The President has already made a number of unilateral changes in US immigration policy - with disastrous results," Cornyn said. "We have seen literally thousands of convicted criminals released from US custody, including those with violent records. Of course, it wasn't that long ago we saw what had been called a genuine humanitarian crisis unfold along the southern border in my state."
He then referenced the people who have been waiting patiently complying with America's immigration laws only to have millions of other people "jump right ahead of them" and be given some form of legal status. "It's just not fair to them, and it certainly doesn't encourage people's compliance with the rules or the law," Cornyn said.
Noting that criminal organizations would be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Obama's executive order, Cornyn said, "This would make it even harder for our friends in Mexico to reduce violence and uphold the rule of law."
He continued, "And yet again, President Obama just doesn't seem to care. He also doesn't seem to care that his executive action would harm our opportunity to reform our broken legal immigration system. Republicans and Democrats alike have ideas for how to reform our immigration system, and many of them have bipartisan support."
Cornyn concluded, "So, in a desperate attempt to placate some very vocal activist groups and to make up for years of hollow promises, the President has decided to flout the rule of law and end up making real immigration reform that much harder to pass."