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

07:45  04 august  2017
07:45  04 august  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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John McCain (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. Even in my misspent youth, I wouldn ' t do it ."

While he is a supporter of a merit - based immigration plan, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he wouldn ’ t support the Trump-backed immigration bill that would favor green card applicants who can demonstrate skills because he’s concerned about how it would impact farm labor in his home state.

McCain expects to return to Senate next month© Provided by The Hill McCain expects to return to Senate next month Sen. John McCain (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.

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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John McCain (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. Even in my misspent youth, I wouldn ' t do it ."

McCain Voices Regret For Picking Palin, Wants Pence But Not Trump At His Funeral. 17 hours ago. David Perdue (R-GA), the President told the senators to work on a bill to make the legal immigration system “ merit - based .”

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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President Donald Trump supports a bill that will cut legal immigration in half and return to a merit - based system of immigration . Within hours, amnesty McCain said, “ I wouldn ’ t do it ”.

It would drastically--and cynically--slash legal immigration channels into the United States, making it even harder for people to come in the right way. ↑ The Hill, " McCain on merit - based immigration bill : ' I wouldn ' t do it ,'" August 3, 2017.

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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