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Border Security: Opportunities and Pitfalls by Jennifer Scholtes, Rob Margetta

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Influential Lawmakers

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

Generally active on border security and spending issues, Cornyn recently offered a bill with Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas aimed at dealing with the influx of young illegal immigrants from Central America. The bill would direct resources to federal and state agencies and change a 2008 anti-trafficking statute so the unaccompanied minors could be treated like those from Mexico, with expedited deportation hearings.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

A relatively minor player on border and immigration issues until recently, Cruz in 2014 scuttled his own party’s efforts to pass a House supplemental bill aimed at addressing costs associated with the child migrant crisis.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill. ...

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