July 4, 2008

Declaration of Dependence
McCain to Depend on Border Security First Voters

Arizona Republic-- July 4  
John & Cindy McCain

McCain: Border fence first, then reform
    Mexico City -- John McCain warned Mexicans that more border walls are needed before he attempts to overhaul U.S. immigration laws again, an unpopular position in a country he visited in hopes of boosting his standing with Hispanics at home.
    During a trip to Mexico City, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee also said he opposed unilaterally changing parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as liberal Mexican politicians and his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, have suggested.
    A year ago, the Republican senator was the co-author of a sweeping immigration-reform bill that had fired hope among millions of Mexicans living illegally in the United States.
    That bill stalled in Congress, and instead, the United States announced it would expand its border barriers, angering the Mexican government.
    "I believe we must have comprehensive immigration reform. The American people want our borders secured first," McCain said during a news conference in Mexico City.
    "That will require some walls. It will require virtual fences. It will require high-technology equipment. We must secure our borders, and then we will address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform."

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