Durbin: ‘Not going to solve’ GOP’s border security this week

02/12/2018 The Washington Times

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Sen. Richard Durbin said Monday that senators can’t even agree on the definition of border security, making it tougher to reach an agreement on an immigration bill as the Senate begins its debate.

Mr. Durbin, who was one of the four senior lawmakers working on a bipartisan deal, said the negotiations broke down over whether border security was infrastructure, manpower and technology to stop people at the line, or whether it was also policy changes to change the incentives that entice people to make the attempts.

“We never agreed on that,” the Illinois Democrat said of his negotiations with Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Steny H. Hoyer, the second-ranking Republican and Democrat in the House.

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