September 1, 2012
McCain wants border secured
but still supports reform
It took seven years for the truth to get through to Sen. McCain.
Arizona Republic -- August 31, 2014
U.S. Sen. John McCain is insisting he hasn't given up on comprehensive immigration reform, but says he and his fellow supporters may need to bow to a political reality: that increased border security will have to come before other programs such as a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are already in the country.
McCain, R-Ariz., adjusted his position to emphasize the immediate need for border security earlier this month, leading critics to pan him for seemingly abandoning the far-reaching bipartisan immigration legislation that he helped negotiate last year as part of the U.S. Senate's "Gang of Eight." [...]
"I still want the bill passed, and I am totally in support of comprehensive immigration reform, but we've got to get the portion of border security done," McCain told The Arizona Republic on Friday. [...]
"It's recognition that the reality of immigration reform is that people now are demanding that we secure the border first," McCain said. "And we can do it within a couple years, but people have lost all confidence in our ability to secure the border and we have to show them that. It's just a political reality."
McCain said he now believes it may be necessary to demonstrate that the U.S. Border Patrol can meet security benchmarks of "90 percent effective control" and "100 percent situational awareness." It could be done in a couple of years, he said.
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
It's proof that the people want
In 2007, Sen. Elizabeth Dole said: "My view, my strong view, is that it is proof that people want..." -- She went on to say that we needed a metric that proved that the border is secure. Her speech helped defeat amnesty. -- Seven years later, McCain now says the people are demanding that we secure the border first. It's proof that the border is secure that the people want, Senator.