John “I’ll Be Whoever I Need To Be To Get Votes” McCain Suddenly Becomes Johnny Conservative On Immigration

April 19th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

Politics:

Sen. John McCain has endorsed a tough Arizona anti-immigration bill that will let police arrest people who aren’t carrying identification, the latest move in McCain’s rightward shift in advance of a tough Republican Senate primary this summer.

“I think it’s a very important step forward,” McCain said Monday. “I can fully understand why the legislature would want to act.”

It’s a dramatic switch for a senator who supported comprehensive immigration reform with Democratic lion Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) just four years ago. McCain is facing a primary challenge from the right in former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Immigration reform advocates were bewildered.

“He risked his political career for immigration reform, and now he is compromising his principles to fight for his political life,” said Frank Sherry, executive director of America’s Voice and a longtime immigration reform advocate.

Under the Arizona law, which passed the state House last week and is expected to be signed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), police can arrest anyone on “reasonable suspicion” that they are an illegal immigrant. If they’re not carrying a valid driver’s license or identity papers, police can arrest them.

Hayworth called McCain’s Monday comments “political gamesmanship…born of political convenience - driven by his need for personal political gain.”

Under current law, illegal immigration is a federal crime, and state law enforcement officials can only ask about it if a person is suspected of another crime.

Backers say the package of tough new rules will give police and other law enforcement the tools they need to combat increasingly violent immigration violations.

Opponents say the law essentially legalizes racial profiling. “If you look brown, you’re going to get asked for papers,” Sherry said. If Brewer signs the bill, he said, “she’ll go down George Wallace of our generation.”

The bill passed the state’s House on a largely party-line vote last week, and is set for a vote in the Arizona Senate Monday.

McCain’s comments to reporters came as he and fellow Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl unveiled a 10 step plan to secure Arizona’s border with Mexico. McCain and Kyl want to send 3,000 National Guard troops to help an overstretched border patrol curtail increasingly violent incidents along the border, among other measures.

McCain said the plan did not need to move in tandem with a potential federal immigration reform bill.

“The lesson is clear: First we have to secure the border,” McCain said. “If you want to enact some other reforms, how can that be effective when you have a porous border?”

“So we have to secure the border first,” he said.

McCain asked the federal government for more National Guard troops last year, but the request was not granted. The National Guard has been deployed to protect the border before, Kyl said, but troops were moved out as the war in Iraq escalated and their capabilities were needed elsewhere.

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are writing a bipartisan immigration bill the administration says it wants to push through Congress this year. Lawmakers have been meeting with business and labor interests to try and hash out an agreement.

Schumer argued Monday that his proposal is actually more stringent than Arizona’s.

“We believe our blueprint is even stronger than the Arizona senators’ proposal in stopping the flow of illegal immigrants because our plan both increases border security and prevents employers from hiring illegal immigrants,” Schumer said in a statement Monday. “The only way to combat illegal immigration is through comprehensive reform because that is the only solution that can get through both the House and the Senate. We would certainly be open to negotiating a comprehensive bill that requires completion of border security measures before any other measures take effect.”

But with the Senate still bitterly divided in the wake of health reform and heading toward a broad array of other major legislation, there is little appetite for an issue as divisive as immigration.

“There’s still a shot, and I’ll leave it at that,” Sherry said.

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14 Responses to “John “I’ll Be Whoever I Need To Be To Get Votes” McCain Suddenly Becomes Johnny Conservative On Immigration”

  1. USMCTANKS

    Thank you for your military service to this country John. Now just politely retire….you’re just embarrassing yourself. The real America has been on to you for a long time. We realize you’re just a broken down political hack and we no longer trust you or your kind. Make room and make it soon…..

    • richwill

      Ditto. John McCain is overdue for retirement. I have the impression that for politicians giving up power is more deleterious than giving up money. I strongly suggest Senator McCain retire before he makes a complete fool of himself.

    • mike3481

      Well said Tanks. :beer:

  2. WWTD

    From the rino that gave us bo.

  3. PUNISHER55

    You’ve stabed us in the back to many times McCain and we won’t take it any more. Any one who votes for you not only needs their head examined they need a good ass kicking to. STUPID PEOPLE SHOULD’NT VOTE!!!

  4. usamopatriot

    Please retire. :!:

  5. Wolfen

    Pleade Arizona, dump this guy.

  6. YERMOM

    it’s nappy time for grandpa.

  7. Chuck O

    Of course he will act like a conservative, it’s an election year. After that, he’ll run back across the aisle to keep sticking it to those on the right. People who vote for him are just as dumb as the ones who voted for Specter.

  8. The Sentinel at the Gate

    Boy, you can always tell when it’s election time. All the larcenous politicians cloth themselves in an Uncle Sam red, white and blue suit and start talking all Patriotic and shit. Once a stupid electorate has voted them back into office - boom, out goes the Patriotism and in comes the Socialism and they continue to flush America down the Marxist toilet. This is what our government is all about now.

    Somewhere there’s a pull chain to flush out this shit out of Washington once and for all. Now, if I could just find the chain - I’d flush it twice just to make sure.

  9. WWTD

    Arizona made a start today without the rino.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63I6TU20100419

  10. Ralph Ulm

    OH SHIT OH DEAR ……the RINO putting his horn back in. John - take your horn and kindly STFU and STFD…….and retire - PLEASE!!!! Your embarassments are now overshadowing your service to this Country ……. by a huge margin!!

  11. martdod

    This guy is a raving PRICK, I don’t care what he did in the past to become a “hero.” It’s what he is now that counts and that is a lying sack-o-shit!

    It’s because of him we now have Obama!

    Go fuck yourself McCain!!

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