As Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was in the process of angering almost every Republican voter by leading the way on a bipartisan gun control bill in the Senate on Tuesday, he went even further by signaling his plans to move forward on amnesty for illegal aliens.
After leading the compromise effort that led to a 64-34 vote in the Senate to advance a new gun control bill that includes provisions for advancing state “red flag” laws, Cornyn told Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), “First guns, now it’s immigration.”
Cornyn had been personally selected by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to pull together enough GOP support in the Senate to ensure at least 10 Republican senators would vote to advance a bill past the filibuster rule.
In response to Cornyn’s promise to Padilla about a Senate immigration bill, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) said, “That’s right, we’re going to do it.”
Cornyn has reportedly been working with Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) in an attempt to pull together enough Republican support for an amnesty bill for illegal aliens. Of course, the concept has broad support among Democrats. The two have been working primarily with Padilla and Democrat whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).
Tillis said in April that the areas of compromise on immigration he and Cornyn are pursuing include legal immigration reforms, addressing DACA, asylum reform, and border security in addition to amnesty.
Durbin said that talks have been underway with a group of Republicans to address immigration. Although he said the talks are now focused on a “starting list,” he said there is “genuine interest in doing something.”
Despite his comment to Padilla, Cornyn’s office on Wednesday issued a denial that he is working on a bipartisan immigration bill. His staff went so far as to attempt to pass off his comment to Padilla as a “joke.”
Senate candidate from Ohio J.D. Vance told Fox News host Laura Ingraham Wednesday evening that a move by the GOP to advance amnesty would be “catastrophic” for the party. He said that if the Republican Party agrees to go along with amnesty for illegal aliens, “we will get crushed and we will deserve it.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that amnesty is a “non-starter” for him and will not be taken up by the House if Republicans retake control in this year’s midterm elections.