October 1, 2012
Breitbart -- September 30, 2014
A Republican-controlled Congress's approach to immigration reform would put an emphasis on border security and move forward in a piecemeal fashion, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told theThe Dallas Morning News editorial board in a filmed interview.
“Is a Republican-controlled Congress going to pass a quick pathway to citizenship? No,” Cornyn said. “But would there be an opportunity to vote on ---- once border security was addressed, once the visa overstay problem was addressed, and the E-Verify System put in place, is there a way then to look at how do we provide some opportunity for people to earn a legal status so that they can stay and be productive? I think there is.”
Cornyn, the senate minority whip, noted, however, that Democrats have often wanted to move forward with the legalization portion before acting on enforcement, which is something he said will not work.
“Our Democrat friends want to eat dessert before they eat their vegetables on immigration and so I just don't think that's going to work,” he explained.
According to Cornyn, the effort will need to move forward in steps but start with border security, given the lack of trust Americans have in the system.