STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Cornyn on Senate immigration bill: 'I think it's dead'

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Wednesday he thinks a bipartisan Senate immigration bill "is dead."He wa...

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 8:25 AM
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 8:25 AM

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Wednesday he thinks a bipartisan Senate immigration bill "is dead."

He was referring to talks between Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, as well as Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein of California, who wanted to propose legislation in the Senate to end family separations.

"I think it's dead, unfortunately," Cornyn said Wednesady.

He continued, "Sen. Durbin and Feinstein want to do comprehensive immigration reform, which isn't going to happen," referring to the push to consider a broader immigration bill as opposed to legislation narrowly tailored to address family separations at the border.

Immigration has long been a divisive issue in Washington that consistently fails to gather consensus among lawmakers behind specific proposals -- even more so during a midterm election year. Still, Cornyn's comments highlight another issue on which leaders in Congress has been unable to act, despite calls for them to do so.

Cornyn added that "discussions" with the senators are ongoing.

"I remain hopeful," he said. "We'll see if we can reach common ground ... It will be up to Senate Democrats as to whether they want to be constructive part of that process or if they want to engage in part in opposition. At this point I'm still holding out hope."

After the publication of this story, Durbin told CNN in a statement Trump has the "power to end" the child separation policy.

"President Trump and his enablers in Congress have taken these children hostage to try to enact their anti-immigrant agenda into law. Republican senators who have opposed every bipartisan immigration reform effort in recent memory are now claiming they want to 'end family separation' by authorizing the indefinite detention of children," Durbin said in a statement. "President Trump created this humanitarian crisis and he has the power to end it."

The senators were trying to address the "zero tolerance" policy enforced by the Trump administration, specifically the fact that families were separated because the parents were prosecuted under the policy. Those resulting separations drew international condemnation. President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of immigrant parents from their children, but called on Congress for a permanent fix.

Meanwhile, courts around the country have ordered for separated children to be reunited with their parents, and to meet the President's executive order, border officials stopped referring parents for prosecution.

This story has been updated with additional comments.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313942

Reported Deaths: 7240
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21580258
Hinds20330415
Harrison17879309
Rankin13594278
Jackson13429246
Madison10088217
Lee9970174
Jones8370163
Forrest7670152
Lauderdale7188241
Lowndes6387146
Lamar622486
Lafayette6184118
Washington5332133
Bolivar4801132
Oktibbeha462198
Panola4582106
Pearl River4506146
Marshall4435103
Warren4386121
Pontotoc420172
Monroe4107133
Union410076
Neshoba4030176
Lincoln3962110
Hancock378486
Leflore3493125
Sunflower335990
Tate333384
Pike3316105
Scott315773
Alcorn312768
Yazoo311469
Itawamba299777
Copiah296865
Coahoma295179
Simpson294988
Tippah288168
Prentiss279760
Adams278782
Marion269080
Leake267473
Wayne262641
Grenada261386
Covington258281
George247848
Newton246261
Winston227081
Tishomingo226667
Jasper221048
Attala214273
Chickasaw207757
Holmes188873
Clay185254
Stone182433
Tallahatchie178541
Clarke177980
Calhoun170532
Yalobusha164238
Smith162334
Walthall133945
Greene130533
Lawrence128524
Montgomery126742
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123042
Carroll121828
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107033
Tunica105226
Claiborne102430
Benton99525
Humphreys96533
Kemper95728
Franklin83623
Quitman80716
Choctaw76318
Wilkinson67230
Jefferson65528
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 531404

Reported Deaths: 10985
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson765501522
Mobile41036805
Madison34789503
Tuscaloosa25788453
Montgomery24340589
Shelby23449249
Baldwin21154308
Lee15882171
Calhoun14511314
Morgan14306279
Etowah13843353
Marshall12232223
Houston10570281
Elmore10068205
Limestone9974151
Cullman9676194
St. Clair9661243
Lauderdale9427241
DeKalb8831186
Talladega8227176
Walker7241277
Autauga6926108
Jackson6814112
Blount6678137
Colbert6306134
Coffee5519119
Dale4838111
Russell441538
Chilton4296112
Franklin426082
Covington4129118
Tallapoosa4023152
Escambia393677
Chambers3573123
Dallas3551152
Clarke351161
Marion3122101
Pike310977
Lawrence300398
Winston274473
Bibb260964
Geneva250477
Marengo249564
Pickens234461
Barbour231057
Hale223077
Butler216069
Fayette212562
Henry188844
Cherokee185245
Randolph180542
Monroe177540
Washington167339
Macon159650
Clay156756
Crenshaw152557
Cleburne148941
Lamar142535
Lowndes138853
Wilcox127130
Bullock122841
Conecuh110529
Perry107726
Coosa107628
Sumter104732
Greene92534
Choctaw60724
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Partly Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 52°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 52°
Oxford
Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 50°
Starkville
Partly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 50°
The sunshine becomes even more dominant as we roll into late-week. Temperatures will gradually climb as a result. But at night, low humidity and very little cloud coverage will make for some cool mornings.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather