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Cornyn takes over border panel - Austin American-Statesman (TX) -

January 13, 2005


January 13, 2005 | Austin American-Statesman (TX) | Chuck Lindell, AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

WASHINGT ON -- With immig ration and border security shaping into major issues in the new
Congress, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-T exas, will switch subcommittee chairmanships to play a role in
the debate.

Cornyn on Wednesday was named chairman of the Immig ration, Border Security and Citizenship
Subcommittee, a Judiciary Committee leadership post he sought to "help ref orm the nation's
broken immig ration system and enhance security along our nation's borders," Cornyn said.

"Ref orm is long overdue and, in a post 9/11 world, one of our most urgent responsibilities,"
Cornyn said in a written statement. "We must address the need for better border security and
combat human smuggling and other exploitation while acknowledging the important contributions
that immigrants make to our economy."

Cornyn was chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee during the past two years, when he
fought Democratic filibusters against 10 of President Bush's judicial nominees and pushed for
constitutional amendments to ban gay marriages, mandate a balanced budget and criminalize
desecration of the U.S. flag.

"All those (constitutional) issues he worked on, he'll still be out front on them," said Don Stewart,
Cornyn's spokesman. "But when Immig ration came open, he went for it."

In 2003, Cornyn introduced the Border Security and Immig ration Ref orm Act, which would have
created a program to allow foreign citizens to legally work for up to three years in the United
States. Although Bush later endorsed a similar initiative, many GOP leaders in Congress balked at
the guest-worker provision.

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