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Cornyn: Targeted border security can help thriving border region remain prosperous

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about feedback he has received from visits to Texas’ border region and how border security can help our thriving border communities remain safe and prosperous.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s floor remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“Folks who live and work along the southern border are proud of the strong bonds our country has with our southern neighbor and the dynamic culture in the region. Many have family on both sides of the border, which makes it an extraordinarily unique place in our country.”

“Thanks to the dedicated federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, flourishing businesses, and a vibrant community, the border region is thriving.”

“Our border communities on the U.S. side are some of the safest in the country.”

“I’ve spent a significant amount of time along the border meeting with CBP personnel, law enforcement officials, small businesses, landowners, community leaders, and other citizens about the challenges that they and we are facing and what it is we might be able to do here in Washington to help. What I've heard repeatedly is that we need a three-pronged approach.”

“We need barriers in hard to control places. We need personnel. We need the Border Patrol. And, yes, we need technology.”

“Based on feedback from my constituents in Texas, the funding bill we passed last month included five specific areas, including the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge and the National Butterfly Center, where barriers cannot be constructed. It also included language stating that the DHS must consult with local elected officials in certain counties and towns.”

“The border region's future is bright, thanks to the dedicated law enforcement officials, elected officials, and business community leaders who keep it safe and prosperous. But we simply can't turn a blind eye and ignore the high level of illegal immigration and substances moving across our border.”


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