August 3rd, 2007
02:27 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain backs border bill, still wants comprehensive reform

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, co-sponsored a new border enforcement bill that does not include a way for illegal immigrants to gain legal status but remains committed to comprehensive immigration reform.

The new bill focuses on border security, enforcement, and penalties for illegal immigrants but makes no mention of creating a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States, a provision McCain said was essential during the debate of an immigration reform measure in the Senate this summer.

Although the new bill's lack of a "legalization" measure, Sen. McCain’s press secretary, Melissa Shuffield, said he is “still dedicated to comprehensive immigration reform.”

“Nothing has changed,” said Shuffield, referring to McCain’s position on immigration reform.

When asked if McCain still supports creating a way for illegal immigrants to gain legal status, Shuffield said the Senator “has not changed his position.”

In a press release Sen. McCain said, “this bill highlights the steps that need to be taken to ensure the integrity of our national security and immigration system, and would provide an essential step toward achieving comprehensive reform in the future.”

–CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai

Filed under: Immigration • John McCain
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Pat Putignano, Huntington, NY

    No bill on immigration reform should include a path to bestowing the privelage of US citizenship on anyone who came here and remains here illegally. Instead, law enforcement should do their job and round them up and deport all of them!

    August 3, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Chris, NoneyaBiz, AZ

    AND "nothing has changed" for his constituents...he will be replaced at his next re-election bid!!

    August 3, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I like that the senator is concentrating on the border rather than the welfare of the illegal immigrants. Secure the border first.

    What I don't see mentioned is the part about holding companies that hire illegal immigrants accountable. If companies faced harsh penalties and fines they would not be inclined to hire illegal workers.

    We don't need to spend millions of dollars deporting illegal immigrants. If they have no jobs to earn money they will go back home of their own.

    August 3, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Steve, Portland

    Well McCain maybe making a desperate bid to get the conservative vote now, but at least someone is bothering to deal with security issues seperate in this country that American citizens are far more concerned about. Finally they aren't trying to pass legalization and cheap temp labor as comprehensive legislation on immigration and a sellout to the American citizens and permanent residents that have followed the immigration laws. Seems we've been there and done that 20 years ago. Seems ironic the ONLY time these politicians listen is election time. Go figure.

    August 3, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. don

    talk about a flip flop. he is always telling others how he is principled. now he decides to support a bill that has no path to citizenship. flip flopper

    August 3, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Joe Edwards, Red Bank, NJ

    Thank goodness that there is a real American running for President. God, I hope McCain wins the nomination and the election. He is the only candidate who is living in the real world. Of course, that is why the press is hounding him and making him look like he cannot win. God help us if Hillary or Obama or some of the other socialists get into power.

    August 3, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Rich Pierson, NYC

    Nothing has changed, big money, paid lobbyists and foreign influence is still king in DC. OUR elected officials are STILL not listening. NO MORE ILLEGALS, NO AMNESTY and NO CUTS IN MEDICARE OR MEDICADE TO PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR ILLEGALS. WHAT is so difficult about that. We need at least two election cycles of NO MORE incumbents and we need to put people who will put this county and people before big business, foreign outsourcing and destruction of the middle class.

    August 3, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Tony Y bronx.n.y.

    he is an example of a 2 headed snake,move in what ever direction gets him votes!never get my vote.another legislator trying to shove imigration reform down our throats!

    August 4, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |