McCain: “We must enact comprehensive immigration reform”

posted at 8:05 pm on May 22, 2008 by Allahpundit

You guys think I’m kidding about writing in Hillary. Okay then.

In yet another sign of his pivoting toward the general election, Senator John McCain said at a roundtable with business leaders [in San Jose] today that comprehensive immigration reform should be a top priority for the next president…

“Senator Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States,” he said. “It is a federal responsibility and because of our failure as a federal obligation, we’re seeing all these various conflicts and problems throughout our nation as different towns, cities, counties, whatever they are, implement different policies and different programs which makes things even worse and even more confusing.”

He added: “I believe we have to secure our borders, and I think most Americans agree with that, because it’s a matter of national security. But we must enact comprehensive immigration reform. We must make it a top agenda item if we don’t do it before, and we probably won’t, a little straight talk, as of January 2009.”

The boss reminds us that this sunny little pander directly contradicts what he said in the heat of the Republican primary about having “gotten the message” on immigration and agreeing that we should secure the border first. Consider it the answer to Obama’s pitiful climbdown from promising to meet with Ahmadinejad at the YouTube debate last year — an early empty promise aimed squarely at the gullible idiots in his own base who need to hear it to nominate him, and who’ll then merrily acquiesce as he abandons that position for a more electable centrist footing in the general. Hell of a day to say this, though, coming as it does within hours of the Hagee un-endorsement that’s going to annoy evangelicals. Serious exit question: Would Obama really be much worse for Iraq than McCain would? The more security gains there are, the harder it’ll be for him to pull the rug out from under Petraeus and Odierno. Even his own advisors admit that the Hopenchange rhetoric about abandoning Iraq is crap along these same lines, to soothe the savage liberal beast for long enough to get him elected while he plots a more responsible strategy. The real question is whether he’d be much worse on Iran, which he very well might. We can’t afford that, and McCain knows it. Which is precisely why it’s suddenly become the centerpiece of his campaign.


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McCain is a filthy, lying pig whose only qualification to lead is his proven ability to sit in a tiger cage and eat leeches.

I will not vote for him.

Spanglemaker on May 23, 2008 at 11:40 AM

If you think we have problems now, just wait until the next generation comes of age. I can tell you, working in a jr hi, the problems are going to multiply. They are given everything, free education, free breakfast, free lunch, books, musical instruments (to borrow) and they care for nothing, and care about nothing. It’s nothing to them to loose books, to throw food away, to bully and harass other students. All of the above are given to them free and yet they come with iPods, cell phones and money in their pockets. I took a cell phone away with one child and it had a cover of a naked woman. The mother said she didn’t want him to buy it, but he insisted. Step father used the f word and the translator about fell out of her chair. This age is so sexualized and they are 13/14. Same young man (can hardly speak English) drew a picture and said he was going to rape one of the young teachers. That’s one, there are many other stories, way to many to quote. That’s what’s coming thanks to our spineless congress and I hate to say – President.

Bambi on May 23, 2008 at 12:36 PM

As a conservative, and a Republican since 1972 (before that I was just a kid, albeit a conservative one), I would like to say that I am not opposed to the concept of comprehensive immigration reform. It is true that I want to see the border secured, and in that regard the efforts to build the fence are ongoing. But I also want to see the millions of illegal immigrants who are already here set on a path to legal residency and/or citizenship, not deported. The electoral fate of former congressperson J.D. Hayworth in Arizona ought to indicate that the ultra hard line on immigration is not a winner for the GOP. Thus I like and applaud McCain’s approach.

Also, nothing about the phrase “comprehensive immigration reform” says “amnesty” to me. McCain actually talks about reviewing cases individually based on the merits, which would send the members of MS-13 packing, just to cite one hypothetical. What you would get from an unbridled Democratic majority in Congress, however, would be something much more akin to total amnesty. Failing to acknowledge this simple fact is a classic case of allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good enough.

Just my own opinions, of course. Your mileage may vary.

HTL on May 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Ha! You guy’s by you’re own stupidity helped put McCain where he is. What did you expect? McCain has spent over 20 years in both houses of Congress, making him a major part of the failed Washington establishment at a time when most voters desperately want change and youthful vigorous leadership. Just a couple years ago he tried to grant citizenship to 20 million illegal aliens. During the campaign (and only under pressure) he said he’d “gotten the message” on immigration. Now you believe he will honour what he said? Did you bump your head?

apacalyps on May 23, 2008 at 4:20 PM

And you guy’s would take McCain over life-long conservative Mike Huckabee. Unbelievable. How can you complain then.

apacalyps on May 23, 2008 at 4:22 PM

He’s not a conservative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bambi on May 23, 2008 at 4:54 PM

And you guy’s would take McCain over life-long conservative Mike Huckabee. Unbelievable. How can you complain then.

apacalyps on May 23, 2008 at 4:22 PM

The Huckster is terrible on immigration. At least McCain is mostly honest about his wretched open-borders advocacy.

vonspringer on May 23, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Can someone please talk FRED into registering as an INDEPENDANT………………..Aaaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhh

I can’t take this much longer

MBoogie on May 23, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Same “old” dog, same “old” tricks

TOPV on May 23, 2008 at 7:57 PM

Who has the more generous AMNESTY Plan for Illegal Aliens? Juan “Z-Visa” McCain or Barack Obama?

DfDeportation on May 23, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Who has the more generous AMNESTY Plan for Illegal Aliens? Juan “Z-Visa” McCain or Barack Obama?

DfDeportation on May 23, 2008 at 8:17 PM

I would say they are close to equal. The fact that Obama is a registered democrat puts his as our direct opponent and we could fight his stance on immigration. The fact that McVain is a registered Republican (today) puts him as a Judas to the Conservatives in the Republican party and makes us look weak.

This guy is looking great to me as an alternative to this liberal madness. http://www.constitutionparty.com

livermush on May 23, 2008 at 9:14 PM

The Huckster is terrible on immigration. At least McCain is mostly honest about his wretched open-borders advocacy.

vonspringer on May 23, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Whatever vonspringer. Just keep telling yourself that to ease the pain. He has introduced a plan to secure the border without amnesty. Thanks to many of you the American citizens won’t be getting a fence now.

“You have to secure the border and until that’s done, nothing makes sense. That ought to be done. It ought to be done with American workers, with American products, and it ought to be done immediately. 18 months ought to be the outside length of time. It’s an issue of national security, more than it is anything else.” — Mike Huckabee

apacalyps on May 23, 2008 at 9:39 PM

McCain has already told us that he is not going to secure the borders. Check the debate vids and his answers on the Sunday talk programs. He repeatedly has stated that he is going to have the GOVERNORS OF BORDER STATES CERTIFY THAT THE BORDERS ARE SECURE. He thus will abdicate his federal responsibility to protect the borders and will have a fall-guy in the persons of those governors when it is pointed out that the borders are not secure. Then, he’ll be off to Part 2 of the plan to let all stay who are here now and all who break into the country in the future. Watch it happen unless we don’t allow it. And don’t let him get away with this nonsense of a “path to citizenship.” I deal with illegals and their cases 40 hours a week. They don’t want citizenship. They want money and anonymity. They’re getting both and laughing at us.

AmericanDad on May 24, 2008 at 6:46 PM

HTL on May 23, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Apparently you do not live in a border state.

Johan Klaus on May 25, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Big S on May 22, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Big S if you were a founding father of this nation, we’d still be under British rule.

Take it easy on the kool aid.

voiceofreason on May 25, 2008 at 9:07 AM

The RNC ads give me reasons not to vote for Obama. They don’t give me any reason to vote for John McCain. I’m voting for Bob Barr. I don’t think Obama will be able to actually implement policies that are that much more lib-tarded than McCain’s.

Conservatism was already defeated this election… in the primary.

bigbeas on May 25, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Thousands of foreigners remain in makeshift camps after being chased from their homes by stick- and knife-wielding mobs of South Africans who accuse immigrants of taking jobs and blame them for crime. A church service was held Sunday at one of the camps.

I just took this off Drudge. Is this the harbinger of what’s in store for America when gas is $10 a gallon and bread is $6 a loaf and the panic due to shortages kicks in. Where is America’s leadership. Why aren’t our borders secure? Why hasn’t oil conservation become the rallying call? We have to get off this fixation on “gotcha” politics and Dancing with Celebrities and start saving our nation. Wake up Romans.

Ernest on May 25, 2008 at 10:59 AM

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