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GOP Sens. Corker, Hoeven Throw Lifeline to Group of Eight

New border security agreement looks to win over some fence-sitters, but Cornyn not happy that it replaced his Dem-loathed plan.

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Bill Straub

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June 20, 2013 - 5:24 pm
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WASHINGTON – A compromise brokered by two Republicans that will further enhance the border security efforts contained in the proposed immigration reform package appears to be easing the legislation’s way toward passage.

The amendment is the work of Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.). It has received the blessing of the so-called Gang of Eight – a bipartisan group that pieced together the fragile reform effort – and essentially displaces an amendment offered by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), which Democrats described as a poison pill.

Hoeven said the proposal will add “more manpower, more fencing, more technology” to the effort to reduce illegal immigration, particularly along the nation’s southern border with Mexico.

“It is a very straightforward way to secure our border and to do so before allowing a pathway to legal permanent residency for those who came here illegally,” Hoeven said. “Simply put, we must secure the border first. That’s what Americans demand, and that’s what we must do to get comprehensive immigration reform right. That’s what this legislation does and it does it with objective and verifiable metrics.”

As currently constituted, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 addresses border issues by requiring the Department of Homeland Security to provide Congress with a $4.5 billion plan to maintain persistent surveillance along the border that would have to stop more than 90 percent of illegal entries. The department furthermore would be required to report to Congress on how effectively it is implementing its plan, any impediments to fulfilling the plan, and what actions it will take to address such impediments.

Senate critics of the bill asserted that the provision didn’t go far enough to protect the borders, creating the perception that the measure couldn’t gain the 60 votes necessary for passage.

The Corker-Hoeven amendment adds 20,000 border agents, almost doubling the current number. It also requires the U.S. to complete an additional 700 miles of fencing along the southern border and add another entry-exit point, bringing the total to 330. The proposal also funds a drone program to increase surveillance.

Funding for the additional border agents is expected to total about $30 billion. The money is expected to come from savings anticipated by adoption of the reform measure. The Congressional Budget Office estimated earlier this week that the bill would reduce the federal deficit by almost $200 billion over the next 10 years, providing supporters with some wiggle room.

The amendment requires that all these conditions be met before any of the estimated 11 million undocumented workers can seek permanent resident status. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, said that he is willing to “look at any reasonable amendment” to get the bill, which carries the support of President Obama, passed.

Several Republicans who were either on the fence or opposed to the measure now indicate they can vote for the bill if the amendment is included. In addition to Corker and Hoeven, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has said he will go along. That could provide proponents with the necessary margin.

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Senator Rubio, surely you recognize that this cannot turn out well for you. Americans do not want amnesty, and that goes double for the Republican base.

I hate to see you go down this way, but then, you lied to us. The Tea Party put you in office. And now you want to convince us of how wrong we are to insist that the federal government ENFORCE the immigration laws we already have on the books. And you want us to believe that this massive influx of socialistic, welfare-attracted illegals will be a "good" thing for the Republican base, out here in fly-over America?

You have stabbed us in the back, Senator Rubio. You've joined forces with Chuck Schumer and Little Dick Turban to destroy the caucus that put you in office. Are you just stupid, or what?
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Corker needs to be near the top of the Tea Party's "must replace" list. He's a big-time feather-nesting RINO who needs to go.
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Just a quick note to all those here who've given me hell for saying the GOP has become a wing of the democrat party and accused me of "wasting" my vote by going for more libertarian candidates. . . on second, though, no, I won't even say it. . .
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Look, numb-nuts, seal the border! Stop the next 12 million illegals and then deal with the OTHER problem, the 12 million that are already here!
Why are our elected Congressmen more concerned with the interests of illegal aliens than they are the interests of real Americans?
No question; in 2016, I'm backin' Hillary and NOT Rubio!!
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NOT being a cynical sort, this is still a lot of hooey and phooey. Anyone who believes, once this is passed, that hidden caveats won't emerge is hallucinating. The gangsters of 8, and Obama Inc., are interested in political outcomes and not tangible metrics. Once this hullabaloo of a train starts there is no stopping it.

IF the Radical-in-Chief sees fit to sign it, rest assured, it is not in America's interest - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/20/what-are-the-chances-of-reining-in-a-lawbreaker-in-chief-who-abets-illegal-aliens-then-punishes-those-who-expose-said-lawbreaking-addendum-to-the-results-of-washingtons-dictator-in-chief-via/

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Senator Rubio, surely you recognize that this cannot turn out well for you. Americans do not want amnesty, and that goes double for the Republican base.

I hate to see you go down this way, but then, you lied to us. The Tea Party put you in office. And now you want to convince us of how wrong we are to insist that the federal government ENFORCE the immigration laws we already have on the books. And you want us to believe that this massive influx of socialistic, welfare-attracted illegals will be a "good" thing for the Republican base, out here in fly-over America?

You have stabbed us in the back, Senator Rubio. You've joined forces with Chuck Schumer and Little Dick Turban to destroy the caucus that put you in office. Are you just stupid, or what?
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Doesn't matter if the people who cut in line get "provisional" legal status or get upgraded to "permanent" legal status. This law makes them almost impossible to deport.
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It would be better if they had thrown the Gang of Eight Traitors a noose.
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Corker needs to be near the top of the Tea Party's "must replace" list. He's a big-time feather-nesting RINO who needs to go.
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It should of right be called the GangBank Eighth for what they are trying to do to America.
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Anyone who cares at all about America would have thrown them an anchor, like one from a Battleship.
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Why are the pushing the red herring of "border security" instead of requirements that government agencies at every level be required to e-Verify as businesses do?
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