Border Security Bill Greeted With Skepticism, Support

Legislation filed by two of Texas’ top Republican members of Congress — which would mandate that the Department of Homeland Security meet certain benchmarks on border security — won’t necessarily derail current efforts to overhaul the country’s immigration system, policy experts say. But the bill ensures that the Texas conservatives will have their say in the immigration reform debate.

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, filed the Border Security Act of 2013, which would require, among other things, that DHS return to measuring how much of the border is under “operational ...

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