Politics McCain on merit-based immigration bill: 'I wouldn't do it'

07:45  04 august  2017
07:45  04 august  2017 Source:   The Hill

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to make ObamaCare payments McCain : Trump's concerns with Russia sanctions bill 'misplaced' MORE (R-Ariz.) on Thursday cast doubt on a Trump administration-backed bill that would clamp down on legal immigration and establish a merit - based immigration system. " I wouldn ' t do it .

McCain said though he supports merit - based immigration , he's worried about how farm labor and other low-skilled workers would fare under the Cotton-Perdue bill . " I think you have to consider that we do want high-tech people, but we also need

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In an interview with the Arizona Republic, McCain said he is not opposed to promoting such skills-based immigration, but voiced concern about how the measure could affect farm labor and other low-skilled work.

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"I think you have to consider that we do want high-tech people, but we also need low-skilled people who will do work that Americans won't do," he said. "I wouldn't do it. Even in my misspent youth, I wouldn't do it."

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McCain said he backs a merit - based immigration system in principle, but worries about harming farm labor in his state, which depends on low-skilled workers. Jimmy Fallon: Trump would have to deport himself under new immigration bill . 8 hours ago.

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President Trump threw his support behind a measure proposed by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) on Wednesday. That legislation would establish a system by which prospective immigrants are judged by their median salary, education level, ability to speak English and whether their skills are in economic demand.

McCain also said he's ready to revive a comprehensive immigration reform effort aimed at providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

The Arizona Republican said he raised the idea with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) before heading back to his home state this week to begin cancer treatment.

"Immigration reform is one of the issues I'd like to see resolved," McCain told the Arizona Republic. "I've got to talk to him (Schumer) about when would be the best time. I think there are all kinds of deals to be made out there. I really do."

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It ’s probably code for less immigration . Updated by Dara Lind. But Issa’s bill — and merit - based immigration proposals more generally — are supported by two distinct They did what McCain wasn' t willing to do until the last moment. Trump: I consulted the military about the transgender ban.

White House Backs Senate Bill To Cut Legal Immigration , Move To Merit - Based System. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona dismissed the RAISE Act when it was introduced, exposing deep intra-party divisions on the

Both McCain and Schumer were part of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" - the group of senators who authored an unsuccessful comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2013.

McCain also voiced skepticism about Trump's proposed border wall, saying that the structure would be unlikely to stymie illegal immigration and drug trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Instead, he told the Arizona Republic, border security should rely more heavily on surveillance technologies, like drones.

"I'm not against a border wall, okay, but go to China and you'll see a border wall there," he said. "We need technology, we need drones, we need surveillance capabilities and we need rapid-reaction capabilities."

"But to think that a wall is going to stop illegal immigration or drugs is crazy."

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“I really thought John was going to vote yes,” Sen. Ron Johnson said.

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