Cornyn Responds to DHS Report Estimating Half a Million Visa Overstays in 2015

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/20/2016, 3:38 p.m.
‘We need to… regain the public’s confidence in our immigration system, that we mean what we say and we say ...
Senator John Cornyn

‘We need to… regain the public’s confidence in our immigration system, that we mean what we say and we say what we mean when it comes to our immigration law.’

‘Right now, all they see are acts of defiance on the part of the President by issuing executive orders appearing to waive the law out of existence.’

WASHINGTON – Today at a Senate Republican press conference, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) responded to a Department of Homeland Security report estimating nearly 500,000 individuals overstayed their visas in 2015.

Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.

“While much of our concern on illegal immigration is focused on our southern border, my state, 1,200 miles of common border with Mexico, the truth is there are literally millions of people who come into the country legally. And after having complied with the legal requirements to get here, they illegally overstay their visa.

“And it, apparently, is the policy of this Administration to do nothing about that. And that’s wrong. We need to, I think, regain the public’s confidence in our immigration system, that we mean what we say and we say what we mean when it comes to our immigration law. Because right now, all they see are acts of defiance on the part of the President by issuing executive orders appearing to waive the law out of existence.”

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees.

For more information, visit cornyn.senate.gov