Corker hits fellow Republicans over immigration

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is criticizing members of his own party for political attacks against those trying to overhaul immigration laws.

Corker in a speech to civic groups in Columbia, Tennessee, on Thursday said he was frustrated with those Republicans “who say that anything you do on immigration is amnesty.”

Corker challenged audience members to raise their hands if they believed the government would “round up 12 million people and take them back where they came from.”

When no one raised their hand, Corker argued that it is incumbent on elected officials to address the issue.

In Corker’s words: “I just hope that we don’t let demagogues prevail, and that we finally deal with this issue and put it behind us.”