Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
October 7, 2015

Cornyn, Durbin Highlight Divide on Immigration Supplemental

If you want to see the Senate’s divide on a supplemental spending package to address the flood of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border, look no further than the chamber’s two whips.

In separate conversations with reporters, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois expressed different concerns about the crisis.

Durbin said he was not comfortable rolling back part of a 2008 trafficking law without first getting some answers about the well-being of the unaccompanied minors who would be sent back to potentially volatile situations in Central America.

“My concern is when it comes to the three countries that are supplying most of the children, we know now that it’s virtually lawless in these countries. We know as well that there’s terrible poverty and violence going on, and I need some assurance that there’s some basic social service infrastructure to protect them,” Durbin said. “God forbid we take a 10-year-old child and turn them back into the streets and they’re murdered, and then have to answer why they had to leave so quickly and why we didn’t take more care in the way we sent them.”

“I want to make sure that the children who are going through this have proper advocacy and representation,” in expulsion proceedings, Durbin said.

Cornyn agreed with the idea that claims should have a forum for adjudication.

“I think there should be an opportunity, if there’s a colorable claim that you’re entitled to some benefit because you’re a victim of sex trafficking or if you’ve got … a colorable claim for asylum, there ought to be some venue for you to make that claim,” Cornyn said. “But, that’s such a small fraction of all of these cases, so I just don’t think you can release people on a promise to appear which is almost never, never fulfilled and expect this to change.”

The number of migrants with such claims is a point of disagreement. Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy said Thursday at an Appropriations Committee hearing on the $3.7 billion immigration portion of the overall $4.3 billion request that the number of children involuntarily displaced may be quite high.

“The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has found that more than 50 percent of these children have been forcibly displaced from their home countries, fleeing gang-violence, rape, domestic violence and human trafficking,” the Vermont Democrat said. “We routinely ask other countries to support refugees fleeing violence. Now it is our turn. Yes, the situation is complicated. Yes, it requires resources. But a country as great as ours can handle it. We must not return to the shameful days when we shut our doors on refugees because it was complicated to take them in.”

Cornyn is supporting legal revisions and funding coming in a single vehicle.

“My hope is sometime maybe late next week, if not then the next week, we can come up with some package that would make sense,” Cornyn said. “They could combine it in the House and send it over here.”

“My sense is we’re going to have to do something and send it to the White House. [Homeland] Secretary [Jeh] Johnson, from my conversations with him, he understands the problem, but I think the president’s got a political challenge trying to, trying to actually do the policy which they talked about doing and they now say they’re going to send over later. But, there’s no reason … not to fix the hole that’s creating this problem now,” Cornyn added.

“I don’t believe there’s been any active negotiation in terms of language yet” with the White House on the legislative policy language, Durbin said, noting that he had talked about the matter with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Durbin also said he had a conversation with President Barack Obama last week about the possibility of legal changes, which the White House had initially signaled might be pushed along with the emergency spending request

“I told him I’m concerned about what’s going to happen to these kids,” said Durbin. “God forbid some of these children go right back into the hands of murders and rapists and we end up being asked, ‘Well, what was the big hurry, United States of America?'”

Separately, Arizona Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain announced plans to introduce legislation to provide for expedited removal, as well as boost the number of immigration judges and make other changes to expedite processing of claims. It also would increase the availability of refugee visas for those El Salvador, Honduras and Ecuador to use other channels to apply for refugee status.

“This crisis will continue until the parents who paid thousands of dollars to smuggle their children north to the United States see plane — loads of them landing back at home — their money wasted,” McCain said in a statement.

Comments (57)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. Yonatan YONATAN

    July 10, 2014
    6:03 p.m.

    We treat the poor and disadvantaged like an incurable disease Our so called “public servants”, now only “serve” themselves , or big corporations, and special interest groups with deep pockets. Since late last December, there have been three million unemployed families without an extension of unemployment benefits, .because Senator John Boehner, and his republican cronies, have refused to pass the bill in the senate. They were more interested in fighting to get the Koch Brother’s oil pipeline passed at all cost. Even if it meant at the cost of the poor and needy. Our country has recently approved billions of dollars for the Ukraine, and billions more on the defense of Europe. We’re asked to send our sons & daughters off to war, but not take care of their unemployed families back here at home. There are now three million unemployed families in financial ruin, many living on the streets, because of the party politics that are going on in Washington. It’s truly appalling.

    • Nunaya Biddness III

      July 11, 2014
      4:11 a.m.

      Amnesty does not work; that is a fact, not an opinion. We did this already, remember? If Amnesty worked we would not be in this mess now, and we would not be having this discussion. The simple truth is we don’t need more Immigrants, we need less, and we don’t need any illegals at all…not a one. What we need is for our government to represent the interests of our people and care for our own.

      Starting in 1986 Congress has now passed 7 amnesties for illegal aliens, Seven … and you want to do it again? Are you Simple?

      1. Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA), 1986: A blanket amnesty for some 2.7 million illegal aliens

      2. Section 245(i) Amnesty, 1994: A temporary rolling amnesty for 578,000 illegal aliens

      3. Section 245(i) Extension Amnesty, 1997: An extension of the rolling amnesty created in 1994

      4. Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Amnesty, 1997: An amnesty for close to one million illegal aliens from Central America

      5. Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act Amnesty (HRIFA), 1998: An amnesty for 125,000 illegal aliens from Haiti

      6. Late Amnesty, 2000: An amnesty for some illegal aliens who claim they should have been amnestied under the 1986 IRCA amnesty, an estimated 400,000 illegal aliens

      7. LIFE Act Amnesty, 2000: A reinstatement of the rolling Section 245(i) amnesty, an estimated 900,000 illegal aliens.

      Amnesty does not work … What part of that confuses you?

      • Layla

        July 15, 2014
        1:46 p.m.

        The US Chamber doesn’t care if it works. They already know it doesn’t. They are looking for cheap labor and more Obamacare waivers. Immigrants are not covered by Obamacare.

        Whom do you think will get the jobs?

        Vote them out in November, both sides.

  2. Nunaya Biddness III

    July 11, 2014
    3:57 a.m.

    The question that must be ask and answered is “What will the Supplemental actually do, where did Obama get that $3.7B number and how will it be spent?”

    I’m not talking about the press-release crapola Obama and his Congress-Bots are shoveling now, but the actual text of the final Bill… What does it actually require and correct, and what are the penalties for Obama failing to obey and enforce this law? Because we all know Obama&Co. has shown time and again they do not feel bound by the black-letter text of any law…and after all the lies and deception, only a fool would take them at their word.

    There must be assurances and positive, corrective action beforehand on Obama’s part, and so far Obama has done nothing to stem this tide of illegals his policies created.

    Unless this new Bill directly addresses and corrects the problem while giving Obama and his Administration no option but to finally enforce our laws, and begin immediate deportations with no room to wiggle, why would anyone believe any promise from this guy at all?

  3. darrell_b8

    July 11, 2014
    9:39 a.m.

    Tell them to come back when they are eligible to vote…..DEMOCRAT of course. Half the money will go to Obama cronies in government unions and ‘nonprofits’ like ACORN.

  4. papal

    July 11, 2014
    9:44 a.m.

    Durbin should have pushed the “Durbin Amnesty” Plan through congress when dems controlled congress and didn’t need any repub votes. They didn’t even bring it up. That shows that the dems were not serious about amnesty and just wanted it as an “issue”.

  5. Five Guyz

    July 13, 2014
    4:54 p.m.

    In California, around $8 billion per year is wasted on educating the offspring of illegal aliens.

  6. Anonymous

    June 27, 2015
    6:17 a.m.

    Good write-up, I’m normal visitor of one’s web site, maintain up the nice operate, and It’s going to be a regular visitor for a lengthy time.

  7. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    9:08 a.m.

    Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m inspired! Very helpful information particularly the ultimate phase :) I take care of such info much. I used to be looking for this certain information for a long time. Thanks and best of luck.

  8. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    8:56 p.m.

  9. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    7:29 a.m.

    I love it when people come together and share opinions, great blog, keep it up.

  10. Anonymous

    July 12, 2015
    1:56 p.m.

    It’s actually a cool and useful piece of info. I am glad that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    2:06 a.m.

    You got a very wonderful website, Glad I observed it through yahoo.

  12. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    4:29 a.m.

    Someone essentially help to make seriously articles I would state. This is the first time I frequented your web page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish amazing. Magnificent job!

  13. Anonymous

    July 19, 2015
    9:49 a.m.

    I simply wanted to write a small comment so as to appreciate you for these fantastic recommendations you are posting at this website. My considerable internet investigation has at the end of the day been honored with reliable know-how to share with my co-workers. I would suppose that many of us site visitors are undoubtedly blessed to exist in a wonderful place with many brilliant people with beneficial tips. I feel very lucky to have discovered your website page and look forward to many more excellent times reading here. Thank you once more for a lot of things.

  14. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    7:23 a.m.

    It¦s actually a great and helpful piece of info. I¦m satisfied that you simply shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    9:22 a.m.

    Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your site. You have some really great articles and I believe I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an email if interested. Thank you!

  16. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    2:12 p.m.

    Great – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Excellent task.

  17. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    8:52 a.m.

    You are my inspiration , I own few web logs and infrequently run out from to brand.

  18. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    1:48 p.m.

    I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I certainly liked reading all that is written on your blog.Keep the posts coming. I loved it!

  19. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    3:22 p.m.

    I wanted to compose a brief message to be able to thank you for these fabulous items you are giving at this website. My long internet search has at the end been paid with excellent details to go over with my partners. I ‘d state that that many of us readers are truly endowed to be in a good website with so many perfect people with helpful strategies. I feel very privileged to have discovered the web pages and look forward to so many more thrilling moments reading here. Thanks a lot once again for everything.

  20. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    5:39 a.m.

    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

  21. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    7:50 a.m.

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

  22. Anonymous

    Aug. 9, 2015
    9:38 p.m.

    There may be noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made certain nice points in options also.

  23. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    3:13 p.m.

    Merely wanna input on few general things, The website design is perfect, the content material is really great. “We can only learn to love by loving.” by Iris Murdoch.

  24. Anonymous

    Aug. 17, 2015
    9:27 p.m.

    Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  25. Anonymous

    Aug. 24, 2015
    9:22 a.m.

  26. Anonymous

    Aug. 25, 2015
    11:26 a.m.

    Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    6:27 p.m.

    Hello.This post was really fascinating, particularly because I was searching for thoughts on this subject last Thursday.

  28. Anonymous

    Aug. 29, 2015
    8:49 p.m.

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again

  29. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    1:45 a.m.

    What i do not understood is actually how you’re no longer really a lot more neatly-preferred than you might be right now. You are very intelligent. You realize thus significantly in relation to this matter, made me in my view consider it from so many numerous angles. Its like women and men are not involved until it¦s something to do with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs great. At all times handle it up!

  30. Anonymous

    Sept. 2, 2015
    6:58 p.m.

    Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. I’d prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Anonymous

    Sept. 3, 2015
    2:35 a.m.

    I have not checked in here for a while since I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I?¦ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

  32. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    6:52 p.m.

    Nice post. I learn something more challenging on different blogs everyday. It will always be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little something from their store. I’d prefer to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link on your web blog. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Anonymous

    Sept. 7, 2015
    7:07 p.m.

    Howdy I am so glad I found your site, I really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Aol for something else, Regardless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a remarkable post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to browse it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the excellent work.

  34. Anonymous

    Sept. 8, 2015
    3:40 a.m.

    very nice publish, i actually love this website, carry on it

  35. Anonymous

    Sept. 13, 2015
    1:45 a.m.

    Spot on with this write-up, I really suppose this website needs much more consideration. I’ll probably be once more to read way more, thanks for that info.

  36. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    1:41 a.m.

    Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Appreciate it!

  37. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    8:27 a.m.

    Great remarkable issues here. I am very glad to look your post. Thank you so much and i’m taking a look forward to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  38. Anonymous

    Sept. 17, 2015
    3:06 p.m.

    Very fantastic information can be found on website. “The only thing you take with you when you’re gone is what you leave behind.” by John Allston.

  39. federated national insurance company

    Sept. 19, 2015
    6:53 p.m.

    Whats amazing note here. It would be great to use your info for future posts or comments.

  40. esure insurance

    Sept. 20, 2015
    10:04 a.m.

    Its good idea to share such info with us. We need more such useful information.

  41. Anonymous

    Sept. 20, 2015
    12:32 p.m.

    Thank you, I’ve recently been searching for info about this topic for a long time and yours is the best I have discovered so far. But, what in regards to the bottom line? Are you certain about the source?

  42. Anonymous

    Sept. 20, 2015
    12:32 p.m.

    I have been surfing online more than three hours as of late, yet I never discovered any fascinating article like yours. It?¦s lovely price enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content material as you probably did, the web will probably be much more useful than ever before.

  43. state farms auto insurance

    Sept. 20, 2015
    3:24 p.m.

    Thanks for detailed review.. Waiting for future notes

  44. state farm auto insurance quote

    Sept. 20, 2015
    3:25 p.m.

    We offer you huge discounts, just enter your zip code and save up to 40 percent on auto and home insurance policies. Its easy and fast to do by 5 digit zip code.

  45. county mutual insurance company

    Sept. 22, 2015
    2:23 p.m.

    Get quotes by zip code from top insurance companies.

  46. amax auto insurance quote

    Sept. 22, 2015
    6:04 p.m.

    We offer you huge discounts, just enter your zip code

  47. amax insurance mesquite

    Sept. 22, 2015
    6:52 p.m.

    Compare quotes to save more on auto and home insurance here.

  48. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    2:04 a.m.

    Some truly grand work on behalf of the owner of this website , utterly great articles.

  49. federated mutual insurance company

    Sept. 23, 2015
    11:45 a.m.

    Save on cheapest rates with out insurance companies. Get quotes on home and auto insurance by zip code.

  50. Anonymous

    Sept. 23, 2015
    7:33 p.m.

    I am also writing to make you understand of the cool encounter my friend’s princess gained using yuor web blog. She discovered too many details, including what it’s like to have a great teaching mindset to let other folks with no trouble learn various extremely tough things. You actually surpassed readers’ expected results. Thanks for rendering such invaluable, safe, revealing as well as cool tips about that topic to Ethel.

  51. Anonymous

    Sept. 24, 2015
    1:35 a.m.

    Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics? Thanks for your time!

  52. Anonymous

    Sept. 26, 2015
    4:36 p.m.

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  53. Anonymous

    Oct. 1, 2015
    1:22 a.m.


  54. acuityy

    Oct. 1, 2015
    5:01 p.m.

    Get auto and home insurance policies

  55. Anonymous

    Oct. 2, 2015
    3:15 p.m.

    *There is noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also.

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...