Texas Senator John Cornyn, who’s facing rumors of Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro challenging him for his Senate seat, is calling for lawmakers to reach a compromise on the border wall discussion.
The Senator took to the Senate floor to argue that the border issue is not a political matter. In fact, he believes that it is a humanitarian crisis.
In his remarks, Cornyn noted that his “state has 1,200 miles of common border with Mexico, so obviously this is very personal to me and my constituents who live and work along the border.”
The conversation about supplying funding for the wall has been a contentious one, which even culminated in a partial government shutdown.
Senator Cornyn further explained that “if we want to have any sort of impact on the massive numbers of people crossing our border, which will only grow, we have to look not just at the problem but at the root cause.”
As a result, the Senator calls for “our colleagues on the other side to stop viewing this through a purely political lens. This is not a question of Trump wins, you lose.”
Cornyn argues that “we need to view this together as the humanitarian crisis it is – President Obama called it that – and view it as a problem that will only continue to grow without our intervention, which it is. We need to view it as an urgent issue that requires our cooperation and, yes, our compromise.”
In recent weeks the border wall has ultimately received funding, but Democratic lawmakers have vehemently argued against the building of the border wall, arguing that it is not humane.
President Trump has been embroiled in a battle with Democrats as he looks to get the border wall built with many Republicans rallying in support, but Cornyn’s words seem to signal a shift in the discussion.