Sen. Bob Corker discusses migrant caravan, citizenship and life after politics

Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 21:26:56-04

Bob Corker is a couple months away from relinquishing his duties as a U.S. Senator. He discussed an array of topics with NewsChannel 5 including the ongoing debate of birthright citizenship.

President Trump recently said he would do away with the country's birthright citizenship, but many people - including Corker - say the constitution's 14th amendment can not be changed.

"That's not possible. It's a constitutional amendment and you cannot - thankfully, for our country, regardless of what the issue is - You cannot change the constitution by executive order. I do think we should look at the issue, though," he said.

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The issue focuses around a migrant caravan made up of thousands of people fleeing poverty and violence in their home country. President Trump says he will not grant them asylum because it includes "some very bad people."

"I, personally, have never met a person wishing to come into our country that I was angry at. I'm sorry. I've just never been angry with someone who wants to come to the greatest country on earth and lead the kind of life that we lead," Corker said.

However, he went on to say that it's possible there are bad people within the caravan, but that's not what the conversation is truly about.

"It's all about revving up the base and using fear to stimulate people coming out to the polls," he added.

The Senator endorsed Marsha Blackburn back in April, but when asked about the midterms, he would not specifically address it.

Corker also spoke about life after politics. He said he doesn't have a need for money and doesn't have any plans to pursue politics further.

"If you think I know exactly what I'm going to do on January the third at noon, I have no idea what I'm going to do yet," he said.

Corker said he's been talking with former President Jimmy Carter about his life after politics and may draw inspiration from him.