Arizona Senator and former presidential nominee John McCain stood against any further governement programs which will provide illegal immigrants with U.S. citizenship. He is also advocating for immigration reform which would deport many of the U.S. residents who are illegally.
Previously Senator McCain was a leading Republican advocate for immigration reforms and legislations promising to open new pathways to illegal immigrants to become legal citizens; he was supporting establishment of guest worker programs.
„No amnesty. Many of them need to be sent back“, said McCain during an interview on KQTH-FM in Arizona.
Explaining his stand Senator McCain said that plausible programs for temporarly workers will be part of new immigration policies and that they will be in consideration only for those ones who want to enter the country as a part of the program, and not for those ones who are allready in country.
In 2007 Sen. McCain cosponsored with late Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy set of immigration acts that would have established a guest worker programs, and provided a path to legalization for illegal immigrants; but recently he made a shift on the right under pressure from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz). J.D.Hayworth is waging a primary challenge against McCain this cylce based in large part on immigration-related concerns and issues in Arizona.
McCain later said that worker program which he supports would be strictly temporarly, and that any violations of that law enforcement would be enforced to the letter of the law.
„Part of any reform has to be a legal, temporary worker program that is truly temporary, employers who employ people who are here illegally are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law“, said Sen. McCain.