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Senator Cornyn Says He Won't Support Achieve Act

United States Congress

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.

Cornyn, who will be the Senate Minority Whip in January, said the Achieve Act is a nice start, but he won’t support it; he would rather tackle a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

"I’m not going to support just a narrow portion of immigration reform, but at the same time I can applaud her (Sen. Hutchison), I think, for making the first step in that direction," said Cornyn. "But we all know nothing is going to happen."

With both Hutchison and Kyl leaving the Senate, there’s little hope that the Achieve Act will be popping back up in the next Senate session.

Senator John Cornyn's Full Comments on Achieve Act

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi