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John Cornyn to introduce border and immigration security bill


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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn plans to introduce a border security bill Thursday that would extend the southwestern border wall and boost interior enforcement of the nation's immigration laws, including through a so-called sanctuary city provision.
"We are going to have some legislation that provides a plan that deals not just with individual pieces of infrastructure but a border-wide plan that involves a lot of work from both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol," Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner.
Cornyn collaborated on his legislation with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, but the two have produced different bills.

McCaul introduced legislation last week that deals only with border security and does not address interior enforcement. It does not include a sanctuary city provision, which would restrict federal funding cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws. The House this summer passed such a measure in separate legislation that has not been considered in the Senate.
The McCaul bill authorizes $10 billion for a southern border wall and technology to combat illegal immigration, adds $5 billion for targeting illegal ports of entry and would add 10,000 customs and border patrol agents.:snip:

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Cornyn files bill to fund parts of wall, increase Border Patrol and ICE agents

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at a conference hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Jan. 13, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin, Texas.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Wednesday unveiled a $15 billion border-security bill. The Building America's Trust Act would fund parts of a wall or fence, add Border Patrol and ICE agents to current ranks, and punish "sanctuary" jurisdictions.   

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