Past Features

April 11, 2015

As Time Goes By (Play it again, Sam)
"The country wants to know the border is secure..."

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-New Mexico, and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, speak during the "State of Congress" hosted by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
El Paso Times -- April 10, 2015  
Non-security border issues a tough sell in Congress, four U.S. Congress members say at El Paso luncheon
    Chances are not good for getting legislation through Congress anytime soon to deal with immigration and border economic issues, four U.S. Congress members representing the El Paso-Las Cruces area said Thursday during a Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce panel discussion.
    Many U.S. congressmen and senators view the border as a dangerous place and many in Congress are focused on increasing border security, not reducing border crossing times, revising immigration laws or increasing the number of work visas for high-skilled people from other parts of the world, the panel members agreed. [...]
    U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, one of three Republicans on the luncheon panel, urged U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, and others in Congress to pass a border security bill --- the $10 billion Secure Our Borders First Act --- now pending in a congressional committee, as a first step in getting the legislative wheels turning.
    The two other members of the panel, both Republicans, were newly elected U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, who represents a congressional district stretching from San Antonio to a small slice of East El Paso County, and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents a Southern New Mexico district stretching from the Texas border to Socorro.
    Hurd and Pearce also support the border security bill, which would increase federal funding by $1 billion to $10 billion over 10 years to increase law enforcement staffing on both international borders of the United States and for other items.
    Pearce said after the discussion that the bill would not hurt this area.
    "The country wants to know the border is secure, and the general feeling is this (border) is pretty porous," he said.

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