SAN ANTONIO -- Senator John Cornyn visited McAllen and the Lackland shelter for unaccompanied minors on Friday. Then, at a press conference at Port San Antonio, he said the border crisis is going to get worse before it gets any better.
Cornyn said roughly 90,000 illegal immigrants will continue to cross the U.S-Mexico border this year, and an estimated total of 150,000 will cross by next year.
"We are going to continue to make money for the cartels because -- as I've heard time and time again from the border patrol, customs, border protection and from experts around the United States -- cartels will continue to advertise in Central America to send children," said Cornyn. "We don't have the capacity in the United States to accept anybody and everybody on their terms who would like to come."
President Obama has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds for the border crisis. Cornyn believes the president's request is too costly.
"I think it's a terrible mistake to write a blank check," said Cornyn.
On Friday, Lt. David Dewhurst announced on national television that the National Guard soldiers who were sent to the Rio Grande Valley by Governor Perry have reduced illegal immigration by 50 percent.