Corker Admits: Immigration Bill Amendment Does Not Improve Law Enforcement
In an article at Politico on Saturday morning, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)--one of the two senators who are sponsoring what is being sold as the end-all-be-all fix to repackage the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill--admitted that his own amendment does not actually fix interior enforcement issues, as originally advertised.
“I do wish this amendment had some other measures relative to interior security, but I think the House can improve this,” Corker said, according to Politico. “I think a conference can improve this. So I hope we have the opportunity down the road to see that occur.”
Politico mentioned that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) National Council has said “its members have been hamstrung by policies limiting their ability to arrest foreigners who are in the United States illegally, and that the pending legislation and border surge amendment do little to address that.”
As Breitbart News reported when the amendment Corker was pushing with Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) was first being flouted in the media, ICE National Council president Chris Crane--an ICE agent and former marine--wrote in a letter to Corker and Hoeven that, like Corker admitted in that Politico piece, this amendment makes current interior law enforcement conditions worse.
“I am concerned that your amendment as outlined in that article not only provides immediate legalization before enforcement, but also appears to completely neglect interior enforcement,” Crane wrote to Corker and Hoeven. “S. 744 drastically reduces the ability of ICE officers to do their jobs while providing legal status to convicted criminals including gang members, drunk drivers, and sex offenders. I can assure you these are not the types of “reforms” sought by the American public, in fact these are not reforms at all, but instead provisions written by special interest groups concerned only with their own political agendas and future financial gains.”
Crane has also noted that “instead of cracking down on the Administration’s abuse of power, S. 744 places unprecedented new restrictions on interior enforcement--making the current situation much worse and much more hazardous.”
“It is as if S. 744 were explicitly written to handcuff law enforcement officers--binding their hands while giving virtually unchecked authority to executive branch officials to prevent future removals, including removals of criminal aliens,” Crane wrote.
Interestingly enough, Corker’s Politico quote is much different than what he published on his Facebook page on Saturday afternoon. There, he said his and Hoeven’s amendment “implements tough interior enforcement to curb de facto amnesty.”
Politico buried the revelation from Corker at the bottom of the third page of a three-page article.