Solving the Problem and Securing the Border

Senator Bob Corker
2013-06-26 09:11:53
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/1277156967_Twitter_48x48.png] [link 1] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FacebookIcon_thumb.png] [link 2] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/YoutubeIcon_thumb.png] [link 3] *E-MAIL UPDATES* *Yes, please periodically send me e-mail updates.** Click Here [link 4] *By subscribing to my e-mail updates, you are authorizing me to send regular e-mail updates from my office to your e-mail account. Survey/Question [survey] Survey/Question [survey] *Solving the Problem and Securing the Border* As Senator Corker travels across the state, two of the things he hears most often from Tennesseans as it relates to immigration are: solve the problem and secure the border. And as the Senate began debate on reforming our nation�s broken immigration system, those two concerns remained top priorities for the senator. After thoroughly reviewing the committee-approved immigration bill, Senator Corker, along with Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), worked to craft an amendment that would secure our nation�s border in a dramatic way. Last week, the two senators introduced a 114-page [link 5] amendment that establishes an unprecedented surge of security on our country�s southern border, implements tough interior enforcement to curb de facto amnesty, and helps prevent abuse of federal benefits. The amendment has drawn support from a number of notable conservative voices in the immigration debate.� Arizona Governor Jan Brewer declared [link 6] the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment a �victory for Arizona.� Fox News host Bill O�Reilly endorsed [link 7] the Hoeven-Corker efforts, as did [link 8] former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. In order to adjust to lawful Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status, unlawful immigrants would be required to pay a fine, pass criminal and national security background checks, and pay taxes for 10 years while receiving no access to federal benefits. Even then, only after *ALL FIVE* �triggers� of the Hoeven-Corker amendment have been fully implemented *AND* at least *10 YEARS* have passed can RPIs apply for a green card and be placed at the back of the line. This is not amnesty. The Hoeven-Corker amendment contains *five tangible, concrete triggers:* � An unprecedented surge of an additional *20,000 Border Patrol agents are deployed, maintained and stationed along the southern border, more than doubling the current force.* � The Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy is deployed and operational, which includes, at a minimum, *full implementation and activation of the $4.5 billion in specific technology and equipment requested by the Border Patrol to achieve full surveillance of the border.* � The Southern Border Fencing Strategy has been implemented, and *at least 700 miles of fencing has been completed along the southern border.�* � *The mandated electronic visa entry/exit system has been fully implemented *at all air and sea ports of entry where U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are currently deployed, which will improve the identification of those who overstay their visas. � *E-Verify is being used by all employers in the country*, making it virtually impossible to work in the United States illegally. In addition to the robust border security measures outlined above, the amendment strikes at the heart of our illegal immigration problem � the 40 percent of those who are unlawfully present after overstaying their visas but are not currently systemically removed. The amendment *mandates the initiation of removal proceedings for AT LEAST 90 percent of visa overstays* � holding the Department of Homeland Security accountable for failing to enforce the law. Finally, the amendment puts *tight restrictions on federal benefits to prevent fraud and abuse:* � *No* Social Security benefits for using fraudulent or false Social Security number while unlawfully present. � *No* Medicaid, SCHIP or Obamacare benefits for non-immigrant visa holders. � *No* federal loophole allowing states to grant benefits to those under RPI status. Together, these provisions* will secure the border, better enforce the law, and reduce illegal immigration.* According to the Congressional Budget Office [link 9], the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment *�would significantly increase border security,�* and *�reduce both illegal entry* into the country *and* the number of people who stay in the country beyond the end of their authorized period *[visa overstays].*�� The report also reiterates that the amended bill would* achieve substantial deficit reduction of $157 billion over the first 10 years*. More importantly for our country, CBO also found that immigration reform will *fuel economic growth, increasing real GDP by 3.3% in the first decade and 5.4% by the end of the second decade.�* As the senator has said, �This is the first time that I�ve had the opportunity to vote on a bill that spends $46 billion over 10 years, and, in the same period, returns $157 billion to the Treasury without raising taxes and while promoting economic growth. I don�t know of a business in America that wouldn�t relish that return on investment.� Senator Corker recognizes more improvements can and need to be made to strengthen the interior enforcement provisions of the legislation, and he hopes the House of Representatives will address them in their version of an immigration bill. For clarification of some common mischaracterizations of the amendment, review a Myth vs. Fact document here [link 10] and watch a video of Republican political consultant and policy advisor Karl Rove, who dispelled a number of myths about the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment, here [link 11].�And don�t just take our word for it, the Fact Checkers at the Washington Post set the record straight on claims regarding the amendment�s length here [link 12]. For more information on the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment, click here [link 13].�

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Solving the Problem and Securing the Border

As Senator Corker travels across the state, two of the things he hears most often from Tennesseans as it relates to immigration are: solve the problem and secure the border. And as the Senate began debate on reforming our nation�s broken immigration system, those two concerns remained top priorities for the senator.

After thoroughly reviewing the committee-approved immigration bill, Senator Corker, along with Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), worked to craft an amendment that would secure our nation�s border in a dramatic way.

Last week, the two senators introduced a

The amendment has drawn support from a number of notable conservative voices in the immigration debate. 

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

In order to adjust to lawful Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) status, unlawful immigrants would be required to pay a fine, pass criminal and national security background checks, and pay taxes for 10 years while receiving no access to federal benefits. Even then, only after ALL FIVE �triggers� of the Hoeven-Corker amendment have been fully implemented AND at least 10 YEARS have passed can RPIs apply for a green card and be placed at the back of the line. This is not amnesty.

The Hoeven-Corker amendment contains five tangible, concrete triggers:

� An unprecedented surge of an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents are deployed, maintained and stationed along the southern border, more than doubling the current force.
� The Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy is deployed and operational, which includes, at a minimum, full implementation and activation of the $4.5 billion in specific technology and equipment requested by the Border Patrol to achieve full surveillance of the border.
� The Southern Border Fencing Strategy has been implemented, and at least 700 miles of fencing has been completed along the southern border. 
The mandated electronic visa entry/exit system has been fully implemented at all air and sea ports of entry where U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are currently deployed, which will improve the identification of those who overstay their visas.
E-Verify is being used by all employers in the country, making it virtually impossible to work in the United States illegally.

In addition to the robust border security measures outlined above, the amendment strikes at the heart of our illegal immigration problem � the 40 percent of those who are unlawfully present after overstaying their visas but are not currently systemically removed. The amendment mandates the initiation of removal proceedings for AT LEAST 90 percent of visa overstays � holding the Department of Homeland Security accountable for failing to enforce the law.

Finally, the amendment puts tight restrictions on federal benefits to prevent fraud and abuse:

No Social Security benefits for using fraudulent or false Social Security number while unlawfully present.
No Medicaid, SCHIP or Obamacare benefits for non-immigrant visa holders.
No federal loophole allowing states to grant benefits to those under RPI status.

Together, these provisions will secure the border, better enforce the law, and reduce illegal immigration.

, the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment �would significantly increase border security,� and �reduce both illegal entry into the country and the number of people who stay in the country beyond the end of their authorized period [visa overstays].� 

The report also reiterates that the amended bill would achieve substantial deficit reduction of $157 billion over the first 10 years. More importantly for our country, CBO also found that immigration reform will fuel economic growth, increasing real GDP by 3.3% in the first decade and 5.4% by the end of the second decade. 

As the senator has said, �This is the first time that I�ve had the opportunity to vote on a bill that spends $46 billion over 10 years, and, in the same period, returns $157 billion to the Treasury without raising taxes and while promoting economic growth. I don�t know of a business in America that wouldn�t relish that return on investment.�

Senator Corker recognizes more improvements can and need to be made to strengthen the interior enforcement provisions of the legislation, and he hopes the House of Representatives will address them in their version of an immigration bill.

For clarification of some common mischaracterizations of the amendment, review a Myth vs. Fact document For more information on the Hoeven-Corker border security amendment, click