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Sen. John Cornyn: Close eye on coastal weather; planning trip to Texas border

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said his office has reviewed weather conditions along Coastal Texas in the event of danger from an emerging tropical storm. He said his staff was discussing Wednesday morning the tropical cyclone that’s expected to form in the northern Gulf of Mexico by Thursday.

The senator, who is expected to tour the Texas border and review the overwhelming presence of asylum seekers there Friday with Vice President Mike Pence, said should the storm hit the coast he would discuss its impacts with him.

“It’s an important part of my responsibilities to make sure Texas gets response for (storm) needs,” he said on a conference telephone call with Texas reporters Wednesday. “We did that with Harvey and we know that is not the last hurricane that will hit Texas.”

Cornyn said President Trump responded vigorously to Texas’ needs during and following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. He is confident the president would do the same again, if needed.

Cornyn spoke at length about the planned Friday visit, which he said would include a stop in McAllen. He said the vice president is in charge of the itinerary and that the vice president was providing the senator’s “ride.”

But he also said the trip was part of his effort to educate and inform Congress about the crisis that immigration is imposing on the border, where immigrants, many from Central America, are seeking asylum in the U.S.

He said Congress has exacerbated rather than relieved the problem for a variety of reasons, most pertaining to partisan politics.

He said President Trump and the Mexican government have made progress in their talks about handling the situation and that the president “is getting more cooperation from the Mexican government than from Democrats in the House.”

“Our politics have paralyzed us, at least temporarily,” he said.