Conservative Republicans praise McCain immigration bill


John McCain didn’t earn the nickname “Maverick” for playing nice at patty cake. Instead, he earned his firebrad reputation by taking on the status-quo (aka: political safety zone) to do what’s right for America. This time, McCain is facing down the contentious issue of immigration reform. He’s moving forward now, despite the risks to his presidential bid, because the problem can’t wait for future generations to solve. But this time, he’s not alone.

Here’s what conservative Republican leaders across the nation are saying about McCain’s bipartisan bill:

Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT): “It is clear that comprehensive immigration reform is needed to address the national security and economic realities currently facing our country. For the past several months, both Republicans and Democrats have worked to find common ground on critical immigration issues, and I am pleased that an agreement was reached today. I continue to review the details of the legislation and look forward to the debate next week,” (Sen. Bennett, press release 5/17/07)

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA):“ [T]here is no guaranteed pathway to citizenship for anybody in this bill. But anybody who is going to become a citizen is now going to have to have a real appreciation for what it means to be an American, and why it’s important to be an American.” (Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Press Conference, 5/17/07)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-TN): The need to secure our borders, and to have a real security infrastructure in place is critical … I believe the agreement is far stronger than the bill the Senate produced last year. (Sen. Mitch McConnell, Release, 5/17/07)

Senate GOP Conference Chairman Jon Kyl (R-AZ): “…[I]t represents the best opportunity that we have in a bipartisan way to do something about this problem, and if we had not gotten together as Republicans and Democrats to develop this bipartisan consensus we can be assured that there would not be a bill passed this year and probably not next year. (Sen. Jon Kyl, Press Conference, 5/17/07)

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA): “We have found a broad agreement that can be the foundation for a meaningful change and for the security of our borders and respect for our immigration process.” (Sen. Johnny Isakson, Press Conference, 5/17/07)


One Response to “Conservative Republicans praise McCain immigration bill”

  1. 1 Exploring McCainia » Blog Archive » Musings on McCain: What the New Media Is Saying About the Campaign - Post-SC Debate Reaction, etc.

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