By Rick Oltman, February 7, 2018
Arizona Senator John McCain and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) are co-sponsors of legislation for an amnesty plan for so-called Dreamers who have been in the country since 2013 that does not include any money for construction of the border wall or reduced legal immigration.
Needless to say, their plan will be DOA (Dead on Arrival).
John McCain has been an ardent amnesty advocate for decades. And electorally, at least, it has never helped him.
In 2004, Senator McCain opposed the Protect Arizona Now (PAN) – Proposition 200, as did the state’s entire congressional delegation, both Republican and Democrat. Regardless, in November of 2004, Arizona voters passed Proposition 200 with 56% of the vote. Exit polls found that 47% of Latino voters also supported PAN.
Four years later, presidential candidate John McCain received slightly more than 53% of the vote in his home state of Arizona.
I know a lot of people who didn’t vote for McCain in 2008 because of his pro-amnesty stance.
In late 2009, I was hosting a television show in Santa Barbara, California. Our guest was a retired defense worker from nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base in his mid-70s. My co-host was a young woman in her late twenties who had been head of a college Republican group at the local university.
The subject of our interview was going to be the healthcare freebies that illegal aliens were receiving in local hospitals. Our guest’s wife, a legal immigrant from Central America, had recently been in the hospital for a complicated medical procedure which was not completely covered by their insurance, resulting in thousands of dollars out of pocket. She was sharing a hospital room with an illegal alien receiving extensive health care at the taxpayers’ expense.
We were on the set waiting to begin taping when McCain and the previous year’s presidential election came up in conversation.
“I didn’t vote for McCain,” I said matter-of-factly.
“Neither did I,” my co-host chimed in.
“Me neither,” said our guest.
“There it is!” I exclaimed. “Three generations of Republicans who didn’t vote for McCain because of his immigration stand.”
A couple years later I was hosting a conference call with about half a dozen immigration reform activists (as we used to call them) from around the country, and John McCain came up again.
“I didn’t vote for McCain,” I reported.
One after another the men on the call concurred until the last man, a retired police officer said, “Well, I voted for Sarah Palin.”
McCain’s political career is likely near its end. He was re-elected in 2016, and there are legitimate questions as to whether he will stand for re-election in 2022. So one must wonder: what is in it for him to support something that is so indisputably harmful to America and Americans and has no chance of passing?
Amnesty is not popular with the American people. If it was, we would have seen it during the Bush Administration or when Obama had a Democrat-controlled Congress.
The open borders advocates may just be doing what they have always done this time of year. The Christmas holidays are over, the weather is warming up, so they begin jawboning “amnesty” to encourage people from around the world to attempt to sneak into our country. It happens every year.
However, this time we have an administration which will push back with discouraging messages of their own. And construction of the wall, border security, and the coming interior enforcement will, hopefully, mitigate the welcoming messages of “McCain & Co.”
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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