Cornyn, Cruz to join Trump in McAllen

Senators to host roundtable following presidential visit

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, with U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector Chief, Manuel Padilla, middle, speak during a press conference after a federal officials, lawmakers and local officials held the roundtable at the U.S. Border Patrol station on Friday, June 22, 2018, in Weslaco. (Joel Martinez |

McALLEN — U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz will join President Trump on his trip to McAllen on Thursday as the president is visiting the area for what he has called a humanitarian and national security crisis.

After Trump’s midday visit, Cornyn and Cruz will host a roundtable discussion with South Texas mayors, county judges, law enforcement personnel and various other stakeholders. The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Anzalduas International Bridge, where a plaque hangs on the wall of the administrative building honoring Cornyn.

This marks Cornyn’s first time in South Texas since the family separations crisis in June that resulted in the Trump administration separating some 2,500 immigrant families. Cruz was here for that as well, which was the first time the two were in South Texas together.

Cornyn and Cruz will not return to Washington with Trump on Air Force One, as the two are on a panel together in Austin on Friday.