by Jim Nintzel
After unsuccessfully trying to push comprehensive immigration reform, U.S. Sen. John McCain is rejoining the "build-the-dang-fence" crowd. During an appearance on Phoenix's Sunday Square-Off, McCain said he believes that the border must be secured before any other immigration legislation can pass. Brahm Resnik reports:
Sen. John McCain is retreating from the goals he set for immigration reform in last year's "Gang of 8" bill that passed the Senate.
McCain tells 12 News on this weekend's "Sunday Square Off" that the border must be secure before any other laws are changed.
"People in Arizona are so cynical about the promises that have been made about a secure border, " he said.
We asked him whether border security now comes first in immigration reform. "I think it's going to have to," he responded.
McCain had often said over the last two years that immigration reform was necessary to win over Latino voters and a shot at the White House. His GOP detractors have argued that comprehensive reform would drive away conservatives and wouldn't capture a significant percentage of the Latino electorate.
We'll find out who was right in 2016.