Former Knox County mayor Rep. Tim Burchett speaks on border security

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Recently sworn in congressman and former Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett advocated for a Southern border wall in a congressional speech on Wednesday after a young man in Knoxville was killed in a head-on collision.

Pierce Corcoran, 22, son of Knoxville Fire Dept. Capt. D.J. Corcoran, was killed after a crash on Chapman Highway Dec. 29. The suspect, Franco Francisco-Eduardo, has since been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is suspected that Francisco-Eduardo did not have documentation for being in the country.

Rep. Burchett, standing before members of Congress Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. told them Pierce’s story.

The Tennessee congressman told lawmaker a border wall can help prevent more tragedies like Pierce’s. 

“With stronger border walls and increased border security, tragedies like the one that occurred in my home district could and should be avoided and families like Pierce’s could be saved from such a heartbreaking situation,” Burchett said. 

Rep. Burchett also saying the situation is personal to him, because he knows Pierce’s family. He also suggested to get rid of some of the incentives for immigrants coming into our country. 

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