The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007: proposed by McCain and Kennedy, it “would have provided legal status and a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States.”
In 2006 McCain voted for the Manager’s Amendment (SA 4188) which essentially removed the border fence from the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 that passed the Senate (but not the House) and had been co-sponsored by John McCain.
In 2005 McCain and Kennedy introduced the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act which similarly would have granted amnesty but was never voted on.
Since he’s up for reelection this year, McCain has frequently declined to vote on immigration. However if allowed to safely retain his seat, McCain will only return to the same old voting pattern. Entrenched Washington politicians, especially liberal “Mavericks” who actively fight for amnesty, must be punished.
Ian Gilyeat is a better candidate.
2 years ago I posted this video at CHT. Within the speech John McCain promises amnesty to La Raza, arguing that he risked everything fighting for amnesty. McCain insists he voted more strongly for amnesty than did even Obama and that he did so because he (McCain) believes amnesty is the “right thing to do”!
At a moment of great difficulty in my campaign, when my critics said it would be political suicide for me to do so, I helped author with Senator Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform, and fought for its passage. I cast a lot of hard votes, as did the other Republicans and Democrats who joined our bipartisan effort. So did Senator Kennedy. I took my lumps for it without complaint. My campaign was written off as a lost cause. I did so not just because I believed it was the right thing to do for Hispanic Americans. It was the right thing to do for all Americans. Senator Obama declined to cast some of those tough votes. He voted for and even sponsored amendments that were intended to kill the legislation, amendments that Senator Kennedy and I voted against. I never ask for any special privileges from anyone just for having done the right thing. Doing my duty to my country is its own reward. But I do ask for your trust that when I say, I remain committed to fair, practical and comprehensive immigration reform, I mean it. I think I have earned that trust.
After losing the presidential election, McCain became angry at Hispanics for choosing Obama over McCain after all McCain had done for Hispanics.
Ian Gilyeat might be unlikely to win, but voting for him sends a message to Washington.