Corker’s latest Trump critique: ‘Ready, fire, aim’ policy on immigration

Tennessee’s Sen. Bob Corker says that the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that forced many families to be separated at the U.S border was implemented in a “ready, fire, aim way” and is not a “realistic” way to enforce immigration laws, reports CBS News.

“It obviously is not something that’s realistic. It’s not something that appreciates these young children. It certainly was done in a ready, aim, fire way, obviously,” Corker told “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “There was no preparation for it. I can’t imagine any American’s heart not going out to these families, knowing these children are being separated and then, where were they going?”

Corker said he’s glad President Trump signed an executive order to reunite families who are awaiting prosecution at the border, but said “that’s led to another crisis” due to the 20-day limit on how long children can be detained with their parents while they are prosecuted.

“The administration obviously made a large mistake,” Corker said. “I know that some in the White House want to use the immigration issue as a force to activate the base for elections, but obviously the president realized that was a mistake, and now it’s up to us in Congress to work with them to come up with a longer-term solution.”

Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the issue of family separations speaks to the larger issue of Congress’ inability to pass legislation to address the nation’s existing immigration problems — particularly in an election year.

…A conservative immigration bill failed in the House on Thursday, and a vote on a compromise measure was delayed in an effort to wrangle enough votes for passage.

As for the president’s rhetoric on immigration issues, Corker, a vocal Trump critic, said that he’s “never been part of a group that hated someone for wishing something better for their life.”

“Maybe they have a little different color of their skin and they speak differently — I just have never hated someone who traveled through tough conditions to try to come to a place where they could realize their dreams,” he said. “I’m just not part of that group that wants to punish.”

7 Responses to Corker’s latest Trump critique: ‘Ready, fire, aim’ policy on immigration

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    James White says:

    Send all illegals back. I see Blackburn and Black voted FOR (and cosponsors) H.R.4760 – Amnesty for Illegals and a National Biometric ID for us all.

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    Lance Granger says:

    The real problem with immigration is the Congress of the United States political bias, being used as leverage by both parties to gain voter support for any election, not just this one in Nov 2018..The Congress has failed and is failing to do their elected duties because of politics…vote them ALL OUT. President Trump is using his office to get Congress to do their job..if you did not do your job your boss would fire you. FIRE Them ALL. Maybe it is time for the American people to take matters in their hands and pass by vote on referendum an immigration policy that is determined by the will of the people. In the short term however vote them all out and get new leaders in Congress who will do their job. Also, pass term limits.

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    cjmcd says:

    Can this guy not just go away? Maybe he could take a cruise with his buddy maxine waters. They seem to have a lot in common.

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    William Upton says:

    The fake news channels really love to interview Corker! I too wish he would just go away. He doesn’t like what republicans are doing so why doesn’t he be honest and join the democrats.

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