Sen. Bob Corker plays integral role in immigration bill

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker plays integral role in immigration bill passage


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WATE) - Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker played a crucial role in gaining enough Republican votes to pass an immigration reform bill on Thursday.

The bill, which includes a measure to allow a path for citizenship for undocumented residents, passed by a vote of 68-32.

To appease conservatives on the Senate, Sen. Corker and Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota introduced an amendment to the bill that included $46 billion in funding to beef up border security and revamp the worker visa program.

Sen. Bob Corker told 6 News he was pleased with the results of the vote.

"I don't think anybody's seen any kind of border security measure like the one we passed today. It was pretty phenomenal," the senator said. "It's nothing short of a border surge."

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander also voted in favor of the bill.


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