While speaking on the Senate floor Thursday morning, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) offered nothing less than disappointment for the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill, which will be voted on this afternoon.
Cornyn, the Senate Minority Whip, has spoken out against the immigration bill before, but scolded the members of the Gang — which includes four Republicans — for making the bill not about comprehensive reform, but a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
“The American people have been asked to expand an act of common generosity that’s typical of the American people and compassion,” Cornyn said. “But what they get in return is no assurance that the system has been restored to order or that the border has been secured. so it’s unfortunately, once again, business as usual here in Washington, D.C. The promise the Gang of Eight made was encouraging and they raised hopes in me and others.”
Cornyn also expressed concerns surrounding amnesty for illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in the Unites States, from those who were arrested for driving under the influence to domestic violence.
Though Republicans are split on the bill, the GOP’s leadership in both chambers said they would not be in support of it, with both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) expressing disapproval toward the legislation.
Watch Cornyn’s floor speech below.