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Cornyn Pushes Immigration Amendment

By Bill O'Neil

Making the plan better--the word from Texas Senator John Cornyn--who is pushing an amendment to the immigration reform proposal crafted by the U.S. Senate's so-called "Gang of Eight."  

Cornyn's proposal calls for the creation of a system to biometrically collect data from foreign nationals both entering and leaving the United States.  

"Right now, about 40% of illegal immigration is from people who come in to the country legally--and simply never leave" Cornyn said. The number two Republican in the U.S. Senate said his amendment focuses very closely on the border between the United States and Mexico.  

"It requires the U.S. law enforcement agencies to gain 100% situational awareness of the southern border" Cornyn said, adding "In five years, it also requires full operational control. That would be defined as at least a 90% apprehension rate for people attempting to come across the border illegally."  

While some have their doubts--Cornyn said his amendment is not designed to make immigration reform less appetizing to lawmakers.  

"This is not as some have suggested a poison pill to the immigration reform bill" Cornyn said, adding "I consider this to be an antidote."   

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