McCain: ‘Border Surge’ Amendment to Immigration Bill Was Just for Show


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday that if the House goes to conference to try to save the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, the “border surge” amendment from Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) will probably be eliminated.

“We don’t need 20,000 additional border patrol agents,” McCain claimed at an AFL-CIO immigration forum on Tuesday, according to Politico. “But what we do need is use of technology that has been developed where we can survey the border more effectively.”

The Corker-Hoeven amendment was introduced in the last minute of the Senate immigration fight, right before the Fourth of July. It was sold with a series of talking points that mostly turned out to be untrue and used to secure an additional group of GOP senate votes. It was rushed to the floor as a substitute 1,200-page new bill by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and passed before everything in it was fully understood.