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With immigration front and center across the nation, U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn made their way to the Valley Friday to discuss what options congress should consider when it comes to passing an immigration bill.
Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are looking for a balance in keeping families together while enforcing rigorous immigration laws.
Just this week, Sen. Cruz offered The Protect Kids and Parents Act.
“The legislation I filed lays out an expedited time frame that either if they meet the legal standards for asylum, then asylum should be granted,” said Cruz. “If they don’t meet the legal standards for asylum and it’s denied, then they should be promptly returned to their home country.”
However, the senators believe they can continue to protect the safety and welfare of children by eliminating the catch and release immigration policy.
“We need to have that system of zero-enforcement and to eliminate the catch and release,” said Cornyn.
“The wrong solution would be an outcome that mandates that everyone crossing illegally has to be released that would only encourage further illegal entry,” said Cruz.
On Monday, Cruz will sit down with Democrat Senators, Diane Feinstein and Senator Dick Durban to discuss a possible solution.