Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is in line to be Senate Majority Whip if Republicans regain control of Congress next week, declared his support for the DREAM Act.
During a KUVN Univision 23 debate with his Democrat opponent David Alameel last Friday, Cornyn said that he was a “strong supporter of immigration reform.” Cornyn also said that illegal immigrant DREAMers who “are guilty of nothing other than coming with their family” should be allowed to “serve in the military” and “earn an American citizenship.”
A questioner noted that Cornyn has been a supporter of aid for low-income students and asked whether he would advocate “for federal aid for low-income students who have benefited from the DREAM Act” in Texas.
Cornyn, who is on his way to reelection, said that he is a believer “that education is the way out.” He then mentioned that he had “indicated earlier that children who came with their parents into the country and did not comply with our immigration laws–they are guilty of nothing other than coming with their family.” He reiterated, “We ought to provide them an opportunity not only to go to school, but to eventually serve in the military or complete a college education and earn an American citizenship. I believe that.”
“And I believe that in the process, they should be treated just the same as we would any other student based on need. It makes so much more sense for us to have these young people here in Texas and here in America as productive citizens,” he added. “It makes absolutely no sense to condemn them to minimum wage jobs for the rest of their lives when they could produce so much more, when they could be so much more. They would benefit, their families would benefit, and our nation would benefit.”
As Breitbart News noted, Cornyn also suggested in a recent interview with the Austin American-Statesman that conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) should compromise with Democrats on amnesty legislation if Republicans control Congress to show that the GOP can “govern.”
According to the left-wing ThinkProgress, Cornyn’s VIP guest at the debate was former League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) President Hector Flores. Beatrice Martinez of the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce told ThinkProgress that she supported Cornyn because Alameel’s calls for more border security turned her off.
“We don’t need any more policing [at the border],” she reportedly said. “We need economic development there. And [Cornyn] supports that.”