At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today on proposed amendments for the Gang of Eight's immigration reform proposal, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) revealed people with turbans are being detained at the Southern border.
SEN. JOHN CORNYN: I just want to tell Senator Schumer, he might be interested in this. I was in, as I said, at the border on Sunday and Monday, and I know Senator Feinstein will probably find this interesting, too. We're not just seeing the border being penetrated by people from Mexico or Central America. Some of the rescue beacons -- where people are actually rescued because one county had 129 people die last year just trying to come across. That's just bodies that they found.
But the rescue beacons are in English, Spanish and Chinese. And I said, 'why Chinese?' They said, 'Well, for $30,000, you can get one of the smugglers to get you up through Central America, into Mexico and the United States.'
Another deputy sheriff in Brooks County showed me a picture of three gentlemen that they detained all wearing, happened to be wearing some form of turban. And I said, 'where are these folks from?' And they said, 'Afghanistan.'
And as we all know, the border patrol documented that people from countries of special interest, including state sponsors of terrorism, have been detained coming across the Southern border. So as everybody knows -- and I know everybody knows this -- this is a national security issue as well. It's a credibility issue, it's a national security issue. So we've got to get this right and I hope that we can work together to get it right. Right now is not sufficient.