U.S. Senator John Cornyn was in San Antonio Friday and talked about his bill to start a Smithsonian Museum in Washington to honor American Latinos.

The senator was led through Centro de Artes by San Antonio artist Cesar Martinez. Senator Cornyn toured the museum's new exhibit "Icons and Symbols of the Borderland."

He also highlighted his National Museum of the American Latino Act, a new bill he recently introduced.

"It's overdue to have a national Hispanic and American museum," Sen. Cornyn said.

Martinez said he wants leaders in Washington to be engaged in the Latino community and hopes his art speaks to Cornyn.

"We should show them how art can inform and highlight issues," Martinez said.

Issues affecting the Latino community, like Senate Bill 4, allow officers to ask about immigration status. Sen. Cornyn weighed in on the bill while on tour.

"I do think local law enforcement should work with federal authorities," Sen. Cornyn said.

Sen. Cornyn also added that he believes federal funding may be available for his new proposed Smithsonian museum next year.