Via Washington Examiner:
President Obama was behind the effort to table Sen. John Cornyn’s border security amendment, Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Manu Raju report this morning.
According to the report, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., came up with his idea of a “border surge” after President Obama refused to accept the idea of a 90 percent trigger – a component of Cornyn’s amendment blocking citizenship for existing illegal immigrants unless a 90 percent apprehension rate of potential border crossers was reached.
Over a shaky line — they had to be reconnected twice — Obama told Schumer that the 90 percent trigger was unacceptable. Schumer said they were trying to find a different benchmark, and Obama told him to keep working toward an agreement.