A pair of Texas lawmakers have launched their own effort to better secure the border.
The plan pushed by Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Michael McCaul would require the Department of Hoemland Security to report to Congress with a plan on how it will better secure the border. Such a plan would include capturing 90-percent of those who cross the border illegally--while reducing wait times at ports of entry by 50-percent.
"What we want to do is not make the same mistakes we made in 1986--when we passed immigration reform--and did not enforce the border security provisions."
For his part, Senator Cornyn agreed.
"Everyone aknowledges border security is an important component of it (immigration reform)--but right now we have no way to measure--and that's what this bill would compel" Cornyn said.
But one San Antonio Congressman said the math siimnply does not add up.
"It's unrealistic to say we're going to catch 90-percent of the people coming over the border illegally--when you don't know how many people aare coming across the border illegally" said Congressman Pete Gallego--whose district includes about 800 miles of the border. As for cutting wait times at ports of entry, Gallego said that requires more personnel--in a time of budget cutting.
"I want to see the dedication to the resources--as opposed to the rhetoric we're used to out of Washington" Gallego said, fearing the effort might serve as a distraction from the immigration reform effort.