The Heritage Foundation has criticized Cornyn’s plan for not guaranteeing border security goals before letting millions of illegal immigrants receive provisional legal status.
Critics of the Senate bill, such as Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyFriends, foes spar in fight on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Live coverage: Day two of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Iowa), argue that it is unlikely that immigrants who would receive provisional legal status shortly after the bill becomes law will ever be deported.
He said Thursday that RPI status is “de facto permanent legalization”.
“We all know that it will never be taken away,” he said.
Senate Republicans say if Democrats agree to adopt Cornyn’s amendment with some modifications, Cornyn will vote for final passage and likely bring along a large group of GOP colleagues.
He wields significant influence in the GOP conference by virtue of being the second-ranking Republican leader and representing a state with the largest shared border with Mexico.
Cornyn has picked up the support of more than a dozen Republican colleagues.
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