Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has recently spoken highly of immigration reform — despite running away from the issue during the GOP primary. Speaking before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials today, McCain said immigration reform “will be my top priority yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” In the same speech, however, McCain also said:
Many Americans, with good cause, did not believe us when we said we would secure our borders, and so we failed in our efforts. We must prove to them that we can and will secure our borders first.
McCain is trying to have it both ways. Supporting comprehensive reform and enforcement-first “are two very different approaches,” Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) noted yesterday. “Either he supports comprehensive reform, or he supports an enforcement-first strategy. He cannot have it both ways,” Reyes said.