John McCain continues, comically, to move far to the right on immigration reform, for the noble purpose of winning his own primary. The former champion of creating paths to citizenship for illegal immigrants now just barks "no amnesty," like everyone.
In case anyone forgot: John McCain and Ted Kennedy worked together in 2007 to create a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would work to secure the border but also create a process to move most illegal immigrants towards legality, which seemed like a better option than arresting millions and millions of people.
McCain then shifted towards a more balanced and "tough sounding" position earlier this year: "complete the danged fence," the very thing he thought was a stupid idea three years ago. No one would ever sneak across again, save a few million. This would cost a lot of money, too.
Now we have this:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday he would favor immigration reform that would deport many of the residents of the United States who are here illegally.
McCain, who at one point had been the top Republican advocate for immigration legislation promising a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, said he favored establishing a guest worker program. But McCain expressed opposition to any program that would give illegal immigrants a way to become citizens.
"No amnesty. Many of them need to be sent back," McCain said during an interview on KQTH-FM in Tucson, Ariz.
Well, when the Senator (probably) wins his illustrious fifth term this November, he can coordinate this mass arrest process, how about that? He'll put in a budget request for "10,000,000 nets, like for capturing butterfies, eh? eh?" before realizing that his primary is over and he can stop caring about this for another five years.
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