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Cornyn: ‘I Don’t Think a Wall Is the Answer’

If there’s one good thing to come out of the Senate Republican Conference event it’s that I’ll get to pick on Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) for his repeated criticism of a border fence.

The Senate Republican Conference got under way this afternoon with a question to Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) about illegal immigration.

The Rev. Luis Cortés Jr., president and chief executive of Esperanza USA, read Cornyn the first question, which dealt with immigration. Cornyn is the sponsor of a comprehensive immigration reform bill with Sen. Jon Kyl (R.-Ariz.), which would put into place a temporary guest-worker program—not exactly an idea overwhelmingly supported by conservatives.

But it’s Cornyn’s opposition to a fence that strikes me as his most notable flaw. He touched briefly on the fence, telling the crowd of about 20: “I don’t think a wall is the answer.”

I disagree. Cornyn’s temporary guest-worker program is a notable idea, but Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.) has the right idea: secure the border first, then deal with Big Business on workers later.

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Mr. Bluey, a contributing editor to Human Events, is director of the Center for Media & Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation. He maintains a blog at RobertBluey.com.

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