Senator Cornyn unilaterally takes E-Verify off the table on DACA

Oct. 24, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) for unilaterally taking E-Verify out of the discussion over Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), when he told Politico in an interview, “if we start adding too much stuff to the DACA-border security approach, then we get back into comprehensive immigration reform and nothing happens”:

“Once again, Senate rules are being used as an excuse for not doing what’s in the country’s best interest. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn’s declaration that a common-sense way to determine if someone is legally able to be employed, E-Verify, would torpedo efforts to give amnesty to a large number of illegal aliens is clearly operating in a Senate world where it takes 60 votes to get a majority in a body of 100 members. Once again, the American people are expected to accept that the minority party has veto power over any provisions, and that the majority is helpless in the face of their opposition.

“President Trump needs to clearly state that Cornyn’s bad deal is no deal at all. DACA is the leverage, not the deal. The top priorities of any immigration legislation need to be building the wall, getting national E-Verify and ending chain migration in addition to bolstered border security and enforcement. Absent the filibuster, the Democrats would have no power to demand anything, let alone amnesty designed to increase the ranks of Democrat voters. Once again, the Senate majority needs to decide if they will allow the Democrats to hold the nation hostage using Senate rules or if they’re going to govern instead. No deal is better than a bad deal that neglects the real priorities on immigration enforcement, and we’ve had too many years like that already. We cannot afford to continue down that path of refusing to enforce the law.”

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