John McCain Praises Pro-illegal Protests
Sen. John McCain is praising the recent wave of pro-illegal immigration demonstrations, saying that if the protesters hang tough they will succeed in forcing Congress to liberalize immigration laws.
"If such demonstrations continue, I think we will have a bill for the President to sign soon," the Arizona Republican told a New York City gathering on Friday sponsored by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.
"The more debate, the more demonstrations, the more likely we will prevail," McCain added, in quotes picked up by the New York Daily News.
The Irish group backs the McCain-Kennedy bill that would allow illegal aliens already in the U.S. to stay and work toward citizenship.
McCain offered the comments as the city girded for its first major pro-illegal rally - a march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday that ended in lower Manhattan.
Despite the Arizona Republican's support, marchers on Saturday sounded decidedly anti-GOP.
"We are fed up," said Humberto Suarezmotta, a former professor from Colombia, told the News.
"Since the Mayflower, immigrants have been coming here and now we have Republicans who are against minorities."
"The people united will never be defeated!" other demonstrators chanted in Spanish. "We're not going, but Bush can leave!" NewsMax
I've now joined the crowd of disaffected conservatives...how can any politician, even a liberal one, praise a protest of illegal immigrants. McCain is clueless.