Deal-Making Corker At Center Of Immigration Compromise

Corker calls for greater border security in the immigration compromise. Credit:  World Economic Forum/ Flickr

Corker’s border security plan is based on the U.S. Border Patrol’s assessment of what the agency would need to maximally secure the nation’s southern border. Credit: World Economic Forum/ Flickr

Senator Bob Corker has found himself at the center of another compromise, this time on immigration. The Tennessee Republican has introduced further border security measures to get members of his party on board.

This deal would double the number of armed agents protecting the border and build 700 miles of fence. The bill written by the so-called “Gang of Eight” calls for half that.

“Some people have described this as a border surge. And the fact is that we are investing resources in securing our border that have never been invested before.”

Corker’s amendment would also add drones, radar and seismic monitoring machines at the border to the tune of $3.2 billion. He says it’s paid for by the estimated budget savings from the proposed immigration overhaul.

Big name Republicans – including John McCain and Lindsey Graham – have signaled their support.

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