Sen. Bond opens, introducing Sens. Coleman, Thune, Cornyn and panelists, outlining agenda on energy, education and health care.
First question is from Esperanza, on immigration. The question was on the need for a “comprehensive policy” that secures our borders and provides an opportunity for new workers.
Sen. Cornyn: Judiciary Committee is working on it, we expect a bill to go to the floor soon. A third of my constituents are Hispanic. We need to be a nation of immigrants but be a nation that respects the rule of law. Illegal immigrants can be exploited. We need to gain control of our borders. There is a lot of economic activity along the border — both sides — in Texas. We need an economic component to immigration reform. Security alone won’t do it. We need a temporary worker program that allows people to come work legally an then return to their home country. No one’s interested in solutions that are unduly punitive, and we need to do this in context of our history as a nation of laws.
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