By Jordain Carney
April 5, 2016
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Tuesday knocked Donald Trump's plan to build a new border wall and get the Mexican government to pay for it.
"I would hope that we would talk with a little bit more precision about what we mean when we talk about border security," he told reporters when asked about the plan. "This idea that all you can do is build some obstacle and people won't go come over it, or go under it, or go through it is naive."
Asked if he thought Trump understood the border, Cornyn replied, "That's certainly not my sense."
His comments come after Trump outlined in a two-page memo how he would cut off certain remittances — cash transfers from people in the United States to Mexico — unless Mexico's government offered $5 billion to $10 billion to pay for the wall.
The plan has drawn fierce scrutiny from top Mexican officials. President Enrique Peña Nieto has said he won’t pay for Trump’s wall.
Cornyn wasn't the only Republican senator to cast doubt on the feasibility of the GOP presidential front-runner's plan.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has frequently voiced concern about Trump, called it "another unserious proposal from an unserious candidate."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is backing Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), said Trump's proposal "doesn't withstand scrutiny."
"If I was Ted Cruz, I'd be talking about bringing the country together to fix illegal immigration in a way that's got a snowball's chance in hell of passing," he added.
Cornyn said Tuesday he has supported "tactical infrastructure or fencing" and a "virtual border."
"Talk about infrastructure, talk about boots on the ground and talk about technology," he told reporters. "That's the way to get the job done."
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