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John McCain: I'm Ready to Push Bipartisan Immigration Reform Again

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 10:23 PM

Sen. John McCain says he wants to revive the 2013 bipartisan attempt to reform the nation's immigration system when he returns to Washington, the Arizona Republic reported Thursday.

Before leaving Washington for treatment for brain cancer, the Arizona Republican said he brought up the subject with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), with whom he collaborated on a failed bipartisan "Gang of Eight" reform legislation four years ago.

"Immigration reform is one of the issues I'd like to see resolved," McCain told the news outlet. "I've got to talk to [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 said Schumer is in agreement about the need to return to immigration reform.

"Basically it's what we passed last time, brought up to date with the new challenges, like opioids," McCain said. "It's still there. We got 68 votes, I think, the last time. I don't think that's going to be any different next time."

His goal appears to be a long shot, coming a day after President Donald Trump backed a Senate bill from GOP Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia to cut legal immigration in half, and make it a merit-based system.

McCain said though he supports merit-based immigration, he's worried about how farm labor and other low-skilled workers would fare under the Cotton-Perdue bill.

"I think you have to consider that we do want high-tech people, but we also need low-skilled people who will do work that Americans won't do," McCain said. "I wouldn't do it. Even in my misspent youth, I wouldn't do it."

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