Sen. Cotton: Trump Immigration Bill 'A Last and Final Offer'
Senator Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who co-sponsored the latest immigration reform bill, said his bill is the "best and final offer" on the subject and the only legislation that President Donald Trump will sign into law.
"The president's framework bill is not an opening bid for negotiations," Cotton said of the Secure and Succeed Act of 2018. "It's a best and final offer."
Cotton, often seen as a hardliner on immigration, said his bill gives a pathway to citizenship to otherwise law-abiding illegals, as well as $25 billion in allocation toward border security measures.
He said those measures include a wall, repairs to the current sections of fencing and new technology and personnel to deter illegal crossings.
Cotton said he and several other senators who worked on the bill tried to craft one that preserves the president's priorities while offering Democrats reason to support the legislation.
"We don't want to pass a bill, we want to pass a law," he said.
According to Cotton's senate website, the bill also ends the Border Patrol's "catch and release" program, reallocates resources currently directed toward the Visa Lottery Program and enacts Kate's Law.
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