August 26, 2012
McCain retreats on immigration reform
What should have been said - but wasn't.
Arizona Republic / 12 News -- August 25, 2014
Sen. John McCain is retreating from the goals he set for immigration reform in last year's "Gang of 8" bill that passed the Senate.
McCain tells 12 News on this weekend's "Sunday Square Off" that the border must be secure before any other laws are changed.
"People in Arizona are so cynical about the promises that have been made about a secure border, " he said.
We asked him whether border security now comes first in immigration reform. "I think it's going to have to," he responded.
A year ago, not long after the "Gang of 8" immigration reform bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support, McCain said a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants was a "fundamental element" of the bill.
McCain's new emphasis on securing the border first puts him on the side of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and other Republicans who oppose sweeping immigration reform.