When asked whether he was serious when he said on Tuesday night that an immigration deal will be reached after the mass shooting bill he worked on in the Senate, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) responded, “Of course I’m joking.”
“The Dems and their media allies can’t take a joke. There’s no hidden amnesty bill,” Cornyn joked on Wednesday morning. His staff said that the senator was kidding and there are no immigration talks nor are there anticipated to be.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (GOP-KY) tapped Cornyn to work out a deal on gun control, and he was reported to have promised to advance with an amnesty agreement on Tuesday night.
“Guns now, then immigration,” Cornyn said.
“That’s correct, we will do it,” responded Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
“From selling out on the second amendment to selling out with amnesty in light speed,” former Donald Trump administration official Andrew Surabian reacted to Cornyn’s promise for amnesty.
The backlash was severe, and Cornyn is now claiming that the statement was a joke.
After the 2006 midterm election, Sens. Tom Tillis (R-NC) and John Cornyn (R-TX) pushed for amnesty with the aid of Democratic allies such as Sens. Dick Durbin and Padilla (D-IL), the Senate Democrat whip.
“The only way we’ll get true progress is if we have a four-pillar debate — so DACA, open borders, and then I believe asylum reform is particularly crucial in light of Title 42.” In April, Tillis said.
“We’ve got a beginning list. There may be more to come. But it’s a good place to start. I had conversations with four or five GOP senators today, and there is genuine interest in getting something done,” Durbin said.
Sen. Cornyn was booed at last Friday’s Texas Republican Party meeting for his collaboration with Dems to pass gun control laws.
The boos apparently did not upset Cornyn.
After Sen. John Cornyn was greeted with such animosity at the Texas GOP convention in Houston, I’m told he spoke to a few people and said “I’ve never bowed down to mobs and I’m not going to start now.”