Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, says he “wouldn’t” support President Trump’s merit based immigration bill that would give preference to green card applicants who are skilled because he is concerned about how it would impact farm labor in his state.
“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,” McCain told the Arizona Republic during an interview conducted this week. “I wouldn’t do it. Even in my misspent youth, I wouldn’t do it.”
“Immigration reform is one of the issues I’d like to see resolved,” he added. “I’ve got to talk to him (Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer) about when would be the best time. I think there are all kinds of deals to be made out there. I really do.”
McCain said he spoke with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer about bringing back immigration reform discussions. The two lead a failed 2013 immigration reform effort that focused on border security and a path to citizenship.
“Basically it’s what we passed last time, brought up to date with the new challenges, like opioids,” he said. “It’s still there. We got 68 votes, I think, the last time. I don’t think that’s going to be any different next time.”
via Talking Points Memo