Tillis, Leahy, Cornyn

The vehicle for the immigration bill (H.R. 2579)

Senator Tillis: (11:19 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "I do and the president does. I find it remarkable that somebody would say that a president who has endorsed a bill to provide a path to citizenship to 1.8 million people, two and a half more than President Obama provided a temporary, if that's hard-line, my goodness. Now border security. Why is border security important? Is it just purely a hard-line deportation force sending people out? No. I already talked about - number one, hundreds of millions of doses of heroin, fentanyl and other illicit drugs cross our borders every year. We don't have the technology and infrastructure to interdict them. The $25 billion, about $18 billion would be spent for border security, about 10% to 15% on the northern border, the remainder on the southern border."

 

Senator Leahy: (11:50 a.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Mr. President, the Senate is debating the fate of our nation's dreamers this week. And everywhere I go, people recognize the uncontestable truth that underpins our discussion. We're all a nation of immigrants. Unless you're a Native American, you come from a line of people who come from somewhere else. In fact, more than any other country on Earth, the simple fact is a defining characteristic of our national identity. Throughout our history, immigrant communities have greatly enriched our nation. Their individual stories have become the American story. Out of many, we have become one."

 

Senator Cornyn: (12:00 p.m)

  • Spoke on DACA.
    • "Mr. President, today a group led by chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Grassley, formally introduced a bill to address the DACA issue, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals issue that we've heard so much about as well as border security. I think it's a good starting point. I'm proud to be a cosponsor of the legislation which is called the Secure and Succeed Act. Perhaps the most important thing about this bill is that it actually has a good chance of becoming law. That's because the president supports it. It encompasses the four pillars that the president's laid out for us in any solution to the DACA challenge. The secure and succeed act provides legal status and a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million people who meet the specific criteria of DACA."