John Cornyn: It’s time to let adopted children come home from Congo

05/03/2014 3:48 PM

05/05/2014 4:34 PM

Texas’ senior Sen. John Cornyn, is calling on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to help U.S. families bring children they have adopted home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In September, the government there, amid concerns that included potential abuse by adoptive families, stopped issuing exit papers for up to a year, preventing hundreds of children adopted by parents in other countries from joining their forever families.

“Hundreds of American families — including a number of families in my home state of Texas — have been stuck in limbo for months, waiting to bring home their adopted children from the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Cornyn said.

“I urge Secretary Kerry, while in Kinshasa, to demand an immediate resolution from Congolese officials so these children can make their journey home to the U.S.,” he said. “These families have opened their hearts and homes to children in need of a loving family and they’ve met every requirement asked of them; they should not have to wait a day longer to bring home their children.”

Political support

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz got what looked like some pretty high octane support for a possible 2016 presidential run from, of all people, Donald Trump. The maverick mogul, TV reality star and sometime political wannabe gave Cruz’s leadership political action committee $5,000. The contribution, made in January, appeared in the first quarter report for Cruz’s Jobs, Growth & Freedom Fund.

But, wait, Trump told Fox News, that’s not an endorsement. “He’s a nice guy, I get along with him, he speaks a lot at Mar-a-Lago, everybody speaks at Mar-a-Lago,” he said of his Palm Beach estate.

Dew what?

First the Texas Democratic Party developed a trip adviser to update Texans about campaign travel for two potential presidential candidates from Texas — Republicans Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Cruz.

Now it has launched a new website, www.mountaindewhurst.com, against Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is seeking re-election and faces a stiff challenge in the May 27 primary runoff election from state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston.

The slogan: #dontdothedew. “Dewhurst has no place in our DEWmocracy,” the website states. “David Dewhurst has shown voters that he can’t be trusted as an effective leader for Texas.”

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