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McCain: Path to Citizenship Must Be ‘Fundamental Element’ of Immigration Reform
AFL-CIO Now ^ | 07/30/2013 | Mike Hall

Posted on 07/30/2013 9:48:22 AM PDT by xzins

Pointing to the “broad spectrum of support” from faith, labor and business groups that have lined up to support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a road map to citizenship, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the AFL-CIO Citizenship 2013 forum today, “I am confident we can prevail.”

McCain and Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) kicked off the forum (we will bring more coverage later today) with a question-and-answer session at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., about the bill’s prospects in the House after bipartisan (68–32) passage in the U.S. Senate.

Without mentioning House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has said he will not put the Senate bill on the floor for a vote, Becerra says:

"I think if the bill that passed the Senate was placed on the floor, it would pass bipartisanly….There is no reason we shouldn’t do something that is good for our economy and something that is good for our country….This is the year we are going to do it as long as the people in the Capitol put country in front of party."

McCain says that whatever emerges from the House, a path to citizenship must be a “fundamental element.” He says polls show the American people overwhelmingly support allowing immigrants the opportunity for citizenship.

"Every poll I have seen, and I have seen hundreds, shows well over 70% of the American people support a path to citizenship….They support a path to citizenship because they realize this is an issue of 11 million people who are living shadows, who are deprived of their rights citizens and can’t live normal lives and are not going back to where they came from."

Without the protection of citizenship, says McCain, immigrants “are exploited in a wide variety of ways.”

Several Republican House leaders and members have proposed allowing aspiring citizens to remain the country and work but without any chance of earning citizenship. Says Becerra:

"I don’t think this country is ready to go back to the 20th or 19th century where we have a second class of citizens. "

They also have called for a piecemeal approach, with several measures aimed at specific elements of immigration reform, but not a comprehensive package. Says Becerra:

"You don’t do this in bits and pieces because if the machine is broken and you fix one part, all you’ve got is a machine with a part that works OK, but you still have a broken machine."

He says the four key elements the House must address are citizenship, workplace rights, border enforcement and fixing the current visa system.

Says McCain:

"I have a great faith in the American people…at the end of the day we’re going to do the right thing."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; liberal; mccain; quisling
Carrie Dann ‏@CarrieNBCNews 3h McCain, referencing econ& humanitarian issues, says re: #citizenship "we have a good chance of convincing our fellow members of the House"
1 posted on 07/30/2013 9:48:22 AM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

Cmon AZ you can do better then this joker.


2 posted on 07/30/2013 9:49:18 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: xzins

There is already a path you senile, stupid, moron.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 9:49:46 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: xzins

Must be? Why? Why reward law breakers?


4 posted on 07/30/2013 9:49:47 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: All

Carrie Dann of NBC news is reporting that at the AFL-CIO meeting that McCain (Democrat, Arizona), said:

“We have a good chance of convincing our fellow members of the House...”

That he also said:

“Don’t need 20,000 Border Agents”


5 posted on 07/30/2013 9:50:00 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Jim Robinson

See post #5


6 posted on 07/30/2013 9:50:54 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins
They only enforce the parts of current immigration law that result in more votes for Democrats. Lots of illegal aliens are already voting. That's why Democrats will not allow voter ID.

If they are going to selectively enforce current immigration law, why should we give them a new law to selectively enforce?

7 posted on 07/30/2013 9:51:51 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: xzins
How about bbroad support from the people at large, instead of from the special interests? So far I haven't seen any. If anything, the people at large oppose amnesty.
8 posted on 07/30/2013 9:51:58 AM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. Buy from Amazon.)
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To: xzins

2016 has to fundamentally be about installing a Conservative President and the number 2 thing will be retiring your sorry anti-America ass.

LLS


9 posted on 07/30/2013 9:52:01 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

bttt


10 posted on 07/30/2013 9:52:23 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: xzins

macane....go fu-k yourself or grammaski


11 posted on 07/30/2013 9:52:43 AM PDT by mm427 (Repeal the 19th amendment.)
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To: xzins

Hey, I can go with a “path”. Make it a path to Mexico and let them all use it to go there. Then when 10 years has passed and an individual hasn’t violated our sovereignty during that time, they can go to the American Embassy and get in the line. Apply for entry into the USofA. If they are found eligible they can come on over and start the process that everyone else uses to become a citizen.


12 posted on 07/30/2013 9:54:51 AM PDT by Flint
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To: xzins

and another brain-diseased liberal democrat heard from...


13 posted on 07/30/2013 9:56:14 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: xzins

I say, “Path to Retirement” must be fundamental element of GOP’s McCain Reform plan.


14 posted on 07/30/2013 9:56:15 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: xzins

How about a path out of DC, for this RINO Bast**d!!


15 posted on 07/30/2013 9:56:50 AM PDT by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: xzins
Stop. Just stop.

There is a path to citizenship. It is through legal immigration under legal quotas as defined in the 1965 immigration law.

At the very least, any legal status granted to foreign nationals illegally in the country should be deducted from future legal quotas from that country.

At the very least, let the illegals steal the family member immigration slots from the legal immigrants.

That would be fair. It may suck, but it would be fair.

16 posted on 07/30/2013 10:00:06 AM PDT by magellan
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To: xzins
He says polls show the American people overwhelmingly support allowing immigrants the opportunity for citizenship.

It's always an honor to hear from the head of the Vichy Republicans.

17 posted on 07/30/2013 10:04:00 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: xzins

McCain blatantly lied during his relection. Not typical politician half truths, but blatant, all out fraud.


18 posted on 07/30/2013 10:08:36 AM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: xzins
Pointing to the “broad spectrum of support” from faith, labor and business groups that have lined up to support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a road map to citizenship, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the AFL-CIO Citizenship 2013 forum today, “I am confident we can prevail.”

Good to hear from the Chuck Schumer Republicans...

19 posted on 07/30/2013 10:09:30 AM PDT by pgkdan (Marco Rubio can go straight to hell!)
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To: xzins

Hey McAss, there is a path to citizenship already in statute. It begins with being a permanent resident, passing a standard citizenship test after a period of time, and then being sworn in as a citizen. What part of that do you not understand??


20 posted on 07/30/2013 10:09:45 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: ilgipper

It sickens me that once upon a time I voted for this jerk.

And I think I did so in a primary election, too, since it was all over by the May primary in Ohio.

I would never do the primary support over again knowing what I know now.


21 posted on 07/30/2013 10:10:51 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Hey I know McCain is just saying— the Mexicans—and OTM only want to follow the lead of Barack Hussein Obama II—his path to citizenship seems to have gone from Kenya to Hawaii but by passed our Southern border. Musta been afraid he’d run into a Muslim that might remember him down there.


22 posted on 07/30/2013 10:23:24 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: xzins

McCain says that whatever emerges from the House, a path to citizenship must be a “fundamental element.”

(Because that’s all we want anyway, heh ...
Hey! tap tap tap, is this thing on?)


23 posted on 07/30/2013 10:28:08 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: driftdiver

McStain launched any missiles on aircraft carriers lately?

By the way would you be upset if one of your dreamers raped your surgically enhanced wife? Or your Meghan? You know like the the one who raped the 93 year old grandma to death? Or the 9 month old baby. How would you react if your precious grand baby was raped to death by a dreamer? Would you be upset if the police came to tell your sorry but they were raped and murdered by an illegal alien who was deported dozens of times. Also he is a known sex offender and drug runner that killed border agents with guns sold by eric the red holder?

What say you McStain?


24 posted on 07/30/2013 10:53:09 AM PDT by Southern by Grace
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To: xzins

What is it about AZ and their strong support for illegal immigration?


25 posted on 07/30/2013 11:02:35 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Mitt and the grand poo-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: xzins
well over 70% of the American people support a path to citizenship

I've seen similar 'polls' and simply find this hard to believe.

Some anecdotal evidence: Our local paper's online articles have a comment section. Although East Tennessee is fairly conservative, my estimate is that the comments generally run about 60/40 liberal. There was recently an article about an 'immigration' (read: illegal alien) rally held locally. When I looked at the article, there were 22 comments. Every single one of them was anti-illegal alien. Even posters I recognized as normally liberal. Granted, they were a bit less vehement, but definitely not sympathetic to the illegals 'plight.' Given that, I have a hard time believing that 70% of the population want to reward these illegal invaders with citizenship.

Incidentally, the liberal piece of junk paper 'locked' the comment section, since they weren't getting the comments they wanted.

26 posted on 07/30/2013 11:08:05 AM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: driftdiver; xzins

” Cmon AZ you can do better then this joker.”

Give me the $ 21,600,000 McCain spent to get re-elected, and I will beat him hands down.


27 posted on 07/30/2013 12:13:42 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: ilgipper

As did Hatch.

Palin’s only human, but they weren’t her two best endorsements.


28 posted on 07/30/2013 12:15:11 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: xzins

Juan finally got so bad that his meds no longer have any effect. God Bless his service, but it’s time for him to enjoy retirement.


29 posted on 07/30/2013 1:00:50 PM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: xzins
And I think I did so in a primary election, too, since it was all over by the May primary in Ohio. I would never do the primary support over again knowing what I know now.

I won't vote for his ideological great nephew Rubio either.

30 posted on 07/30/2013 4:07:28 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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