The so-called Gang-of-Eight are still working to hammer out an immigration reform bill, despite criticism from conservatives who call it a "bad bill."
San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is looking forward to seeing a comprehensive immigration package this year. He said he believes the bi-partisan group will be able to meet the standards that constituents expect.
Sen. John Cornyn and Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, have introduced a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a national strategy plan to secure the border.
The Border Security Results Act of 2013 would require Homeland Security to develop and implement such a plan within 180 days of its passage and report periodically to congress.
McCaul cited points of entry near Tucson and San Diego as secure crossings, but said the entire border needs the same reinforcement.
On the heels of President Obama’s statements on immigration and a plan from the Gang of Eight bi-partisan Senate committee, two national lawmakers from Texas are offering their input on what immigration should look like over the coming years.
This week the president introduced his plans for what could become comprehensive immigration reform, which include:
The day after the Achieve Act was announced, it’s failing to achieve political support. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is calling the Achieve Act the wrong approach to solving the immigration problem.
The Achieve Act is proposed by two retiring senators, Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas, and is being called a watered-down version of the Dream Act since it doesn’t provide a path to citizenship.