Just one week after shooting down the Obamacare repeal bill, Arizona Senator John McCain is saying that he wants to revive a long-standing attempt to reform the nation’s immigration system when he returns to Washington.
Arizona Central reported that McCain just revealed that before he left Washington to get treatment for brain cancer, he broached the idea with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The two had previously teamed up on unsuccessful immigration legislation in 2013 as part of the bipartisan effort known as the “Gang of Eight.”
“Immigration reform is one of the issues I’d like to see resolved,” McCain said on Thursday. “I’ve got to talk to him (Schumer) about when would be the best time. I think there are all kinds of deals to be made out there. I really do.”
McCain has failed numerous times in his push for immigration reform even when former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama wanted it. With Trump in office, he really has an uphill battle ahead. However, given the fact that he is facing brain cancer, McCain is in a more reflective place in his career.
“We’ll know in a few weeks,” McCain said of the cancer on Thursday. “I hate the use the word ‘beat it,’ because it’s not a matter of beating. You either get cured or you don’t get cured.”
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