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U.S. Sens. John Cornyn, center, and James Lankford, R-Okla., were shown items displayed by a Border Patrol agent after two Chinese nationals were detained upon entering the U.S. in Sunland Park, New Mexico on on Jan. 9, 2023. The senators were on a night tour of the border led by the National Border Patrol Council.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn eyes the seemingly impossible: a bipartisan deal on immigration

Riding the success of his historic congressional session last year where he helped pass the first gun safety bill signed into law in a generation, Cornyn is hopeful that his ability to strike deals across the aisle will help Congress achieve another elusive legislative goal: an immigration deal.

The U.S-Mexico border on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the left is Sunland Park, a checkpoint next to El Paso; to the right are the outskirts of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn looks through a border barrier in El Paso at Ciudad Juárez, Mexico during a night tour led by the National Border Patrol Council on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.

The game plan

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and other senators served dinner to law enforcement agents (DPS, DHS, EP Sheriff & EPPD) for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in El Paso.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) listens during a roundtable discussion between seven other Senators and officials from the City of El Paso, local non-profits, law enforcement officials, business and other stakeholders, Monday, January 9, 2023, in El Paso, Texas.

James Lankford, R-OK; Chris Coons, D-DE; Cornyn; Kyrsten Sinema, I-AZ; James Lankford, R-OK

The impossible task

A city’s limits

A migrant man cleans the area outside Sacred Heart Church, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in El Paso. Many migrants are afraid to leave or venture off too far from the church because they are afraid they will be detained by CBP.

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