On the issue of illegal immigration, a position which provoked the outspoken opposition of many conservatives, I stood my ground aware that my position would imperil my campaign. I respect your opposition for I know that the vast majority of critics to the bill based their opposition in a principled defense of the rule of law. And while I and other Republican supporters of the bill were genuine in our intention to restore control of our borders, we failed, for various and understandable reasons, to convince Americans that we were. I accept that, and have pledged that it would be among my highest priorities to secure our borders first, and only after we achieved widespread consensus that our borders are secure, would we address other aspects of the problem in a wa y that defends the rule of law and does not encourage another wave of illegal immigration.
First, McCain is still proud of his amnesty bill and proud that he "Stood his ground" and tried to ram it through without debate or hearings. Proud he "stood his ground" with Ted Kennedy. Proud of being opposed by the vast majority of the American people. And proud, very proud, of not being 'weak' and listening to the American people. He has a personal investment in this bill. Its a matter on honor.
An excellent preview of his administration. HE will make the decisions, based on what HE thinks and if the rest of the Republican party - and the American People - disagrees, well they can just P**S off.
Secondly, McCain is telling us exactly what his plan for illegal immigration is. First, HE doesn't think we need a fence to secure the border, but because Americans (i.e. racists and yahoos) do - he's willing to bow to political reality and give Americans a 'goddamn fence'. He doesn't REALLY think its important but is willing to do the minimum amount necessary to fool the yahoos. To McCain border security is a matter of politics not policy
Thirdly once the "borders have been secure" he will press forward with Amnesty a position which he has never repudiated. Along of course with a massive increase in H-1 visa's and legal immigration. As for employer sanctions or internal enforcement of the immigration laws, well he didn't promise that did he ?
Make no mistake, McCain is signally that he really cares about this issue. He wants amnesty. He wanted his bill to pass in June 2007 - and his hasn't given up. Give him 2 years to "secure the border". After the 2010 election he will be a lame duck and he will push through McCain-Kennedy - II.