McCain already starting to fold, says ‘border surge’ could be changed in conference committee

The ‘maverick’ is already willing to compromise the boots on the ground at the border:

POLITICO – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled Tuesday that the dramatic boost in border-security in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill could be one of the provisions that may be changed in a potential House-Senate compromise.

During an immigration forum hosted by the AFL-CIO Tuesday, McCain – a key Senate Gang of Eight negotiator – said while a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented immigrants is a “fundamental element” of the bill, the “rest of it could be adjusted.” He singled out the border security parts as an example.

“We don’t need 20,000 additional border patrol agents,” McCain said Tuesday. “But what we do need is use of technology that has been developed where we can survey the border more effectively.”

Well, that was quick. I’m sure the AZ citizens will be proud.

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  • marketcomp

    No shock.

  • DocBarry1

    When will the voters and the people of Arizona rise up and tell mccain u lied to us to get reelected stop it Enough

  • rick2340

    He is a perfect example of the corruption in washington.

  • Bill589

    Please tell me he’s retiring after this term.

  • Bill589

    We don’t need 20,000 more border patrol agents? . . . Well, maybe not as much as we need 200 more constitutional patriots with guts in DC.

  • marketcomp

    Wait, is the immigration bill in conference already before being voted on in the House? There is something really corrupt about this entire process. The House votes, the Senate votes and then the Bills are reconciled and voted on to become Law.

  • CarolynDixon

    sure hope they keep that recall petition going.  this neurotic embicile needs to be put in a retirement home for the mentailly incompetent.

  • SCarolina

    Dear John,
    We want to break up with you. Our boarder can be controlled with our MILITARY if anyone in DC had the balls to do it.
    Sincerely, Americans

    • Orangeone

      SCarolina With authorize to fire.

    • tinlizzieowner

      The southern border was patrolled by units of the 7th Cavalry between WW1 and WW2 under Republican AND Democratic Presidents.

  • Mack10

    He’s such an idiot.  When has he spent ANY time with Border Officers @ the border???

    • The Sentinel

      During his 2008 presidential campaign; to make a propaganda video.

      ROFL! Chuck Norris wannabe… LAME!!!

  • tshtsh

    Speaking of don’t need, well, we REALLY don’t  need 20,000 IRS agents.

    • The Sentinel


    • WinMissouri


  • Highlandtwp

    “There’s no fool like an old fool”, so the saying goes.

  • GrannyRob

    I voted for McLame once … the first time he ran in AZ.  After that, never again … my gut said he was a turncoat in the making, and my gut is 99.9% right every time I take it seriously.

  • The Sentinel

    “During an immigration forum hosted by the AFL-CIO…”
    Seriously? Do we need to say anything more? A Republican speaking at a union event? Disgraceful. They are the enemy! They are pawns and drill thralls of the Democraps. Useful idiots.
    McLame has apparently given in to senility. Seriously… why even call himself a Republican still. He’s an undeclared Arlen Specter. Nobody likes a phony… nobody likes a liar… nobody likes a squish. War veteran and all that aside, he’s an absolute disgrace. This “maverick” has been neutered.

  • strangernfiction

    And there isn’t one R critter that will call this loathsome individual what he is.

  • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

    I sent emails to all [Dem] reps in my state; here’s a reply from one, with my response to him in brackets (& red text, which you can’t see).  Some reading here, but this is our job now:
    On 7/30/2013 1:12 PM, Congressman Earl
    Blumenauer wrote:

    Thank you for contacting me
    regarding immigration policy. This is a complicated issue [translation:  ‘smoke screen’]that has
    generated many calls and letters to my office. While I
    appreciate your thoughts and opinions on this issue, I
    respectfully disagree [it’s not up to you
    to agree or disagree – you took a solemn oath to to uphold the Constitution and to protect US from all enemies, foreign and

    The Senate recently passed
    comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a strong,
    bipartisan vote.  [and how many have
    actually read and comprehend that legislation – I question the
    political impetus which compelled their vote] This
    legislation provides additional resources to secure and control
    our borders [please provide documentation
    from the legislation] and will allow border law
    enforcement to focus on the drug cartels and other illegal
    activity.  It addresses the issue of the 11 million people
    currently living in the US without documentation, giving them a
    clear path to citizenship [do you condone
    ‘cuts’ in line at the movies or ball parks?] . This is something that three-quarters
    of all Americans support, for those undocumented residents who
    are law-abiding, tax-paying and already part of the fabric of
    American life and society [fabric or not,
    they’re law breakers and should start over using the legal
    process – behind the legal applicants].

    It also reduces wait-times for
    people trying to follow immigration laws, [please
    provide documentation from the legislation] simplifying
    and stabilizing an effective guest worker program, especially
    for those graduating from U.S. colleges with degrees in science,
    technology, engineering, or math.   The legislation also ensures
    families are not inhumanely separated for long periods of time [the same families who have been choosing to
    separate themselves for years?], and creates a system
    that gives employers better, more effective tools to uphold our
    immigration laws. 

    But to be clear, the American
    economy stands to gain a great deal from comprehensive
    immigration reform done right [if you
    really care about boosting the American economy, how about tax
    reform, entitlement cuts, curbing EPA ‘laws’…need I
    continue?]. A study conducted by the National Bureau
    for Economic Research suggests that the average wages of 90% of
    U.S. workers will actually increase due to immigration[please provide documentation from the

    Here in Oregon, immigrants play a
    vital role in helping to fund our state’s education, health
    care, and other government services[please
    provide documentation] . While we can’t know the exact
    figure, estimates [how convenient;
    documentation please] suggest that undocumented
    immigrants contribute between $70 and $140 million in state,
    local income, property, and excise taxes annually. Immigration
    is a contentious and complex issue, but it is clear that our
    state’s economic activities, particularly our valuable
    agriculture, construction, and service industries, are dependent
    on the hard work of immigrants [workers
    used to enter, work, then return to their country, in the
    past]. If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from
    Oregon, our state would lose $3.4 billion in economic activity
    and almost 20,000 jobs [so ‘authorize’
    them on a temporary basis].

    The House should follow the lead
    of the Senate and pass comprehensive immigration reform
    legislation. Such a plan would add $1.5 trillion to the U.S.
    cumulative GDP over the next decade[please
    provide documentation] , and would generate $4.5 to
    $5.4 million in additional tax revenue over the same period of
    time[please provide documentation].

    Thank you again for sharing your
    thoughts with me. Please continue to be in touch.

    • Orangeone

      RighteousCrow_JustCawsI would love to see the 75% who favor.  From Reuters, majority want them all deported.

      • RighteousCrow_JustCaws

        Orangeone RighteousCrow_JustCaws  
        Thanks!  Missed that one!
        He actually responded from a ‘do not reply’ address. When a rep disallows emails from someone not in his district, I bypass by going on their site and requesting a meeting in DC, then express myself in the ‘Comments’ box.

  • RichardDrakos

    So, McLame was talking about the border at an AFL-CIO meeting…I think what I was going to say has already been said lol

  • bluerose3335

    Notice the THE PATHWAY IS FUNDAMENTAL…RETIRE LOSER and since you have a lovely home in Sedona, which many believe is at the Center of many of the Vortexes in the Universe….Sign uop for one of those tours McLame and get stuck in one of those Vortexes and stay there.  Because I for one am SICK AND TIRED of your lectures, your stale breath, your abject stupidity, your Napoleon Complex and your Liberalism.  You know what we need A NEW SENATOR FROM AZ that is younger than Moses and has a brain larger than a SHOEFLY!!
    Get in your head MCLAME….Illegal is Illegal…THEY GET NOTHING…and do not tell LEGAL CITIZENS what is on the Table! and again RETIRE you are so old carbon dating will soon be needed to date you!

  • froggy19510

    Go to your town hall meetings and make your representitave understand that this bill needs to be defeated.
    Don’t let them side step the issue or change the subject.  Make them understand that you will not support or vote for anyone who votes for this. You people in Ohio in Boehners district get out there and let him know you don’t support this. Go to those meetings. You will not be alone. Let’s save our nation. Pray for America! God bless the USA!

  • TexasPGRRider

    How many people know that there is a provision within the Senate version of this bill that gives a pass to anyone who has ever altered, forged, or fabricated any government document related to identification? No Wonder B.O. and his slugbuds are Pressing so Hard for this “Amnesty” nonsense. He knows that if the Republicans hold onto the House, and take back the Senate in 2014, the “jig” might Very Well be Up. Impeachment would become a non issue and the FRAUD could ride off into the sunset, Scott Free, if this nonsense becomes law. SAD….

  • clubgitmo

    This pompous ass is a total fraud.

  • fcpjap

    I considered many responses but clubgitmo pretty much said it all…..
    “This pompous ass is a total fraud.”

  • DawgfanInFL

    By the way, McCain, how many shares do you own in the business of drone manufacturing?

    • tinlizzieowner

      I’ll bet it’s more than he has in fence manufacturing. 😉 😉

  • tinlizzieowner

    “During an immigration forum hosted by the AFL-CIO Tuesday …. “. Excuse me?
    “But what we do need is use of technology that has been developed where we can survey the border more effectively.”
    No idiot, what we need is a serious, friggin, fence! It’s called ‘A Border’ for a reason. If you can’t figure that out, why not just call it ‘Welcome Mat’ and be done with it. 
    (insert ‘pissed-off’ icon here).

  • Xcrat

    And McCain was what the GOP establishment wanted as president…  Geez…

    • volsense

      Xcrat It was McCain’s turn, just like it was Romney’s turn  The RINOs are so predictable. If it wasn’t for Palin, McCain would have lost as bad as Mondale did to Reagan. Mondale carried one (1) state, his home state of Minnesota by less than 2%. Which RINO’s turn is it this time? It makes no difference as they are now the third party and totally irrelevant on the national scene.

  • Pancake3

    What a pathetic, spinless, unprincipled old phartt this guy McCain is.  And to think, this nutcase was actually run as a presedential candidate for President!  Dole, Bush, McCain, Romney—buh-bye, Repubs.

  • poptoy1949

    Now just vote he and flake out and vote in two TEA PARTY Senators abd things will go a whole lot better.

  • kong1967

    “I’m sure the AZ citizens will be proud.” — RS
    He’s been a Brokeback Mountain star for years….if anyone catches my drift.  They still keep voting for him, so this won’t make any difference.
    The only thing that isn’t up for compromise or removal is amnesty.  What a crock.

  • notpilgrims

    The conservatives always hated the Corker amendment. If they change it in conference committee, you should be happy to get rid of it being that you hated it.

  • wraith67

    I don’t vote for that bastard, he’s getting elected by the libtards in Phoenix and Tucson.  The problem was that last election, JD Hayworth ran a crappy campaign, the commercials were terrible…and Johnny McAmnesty was all stars and stripes, hard core conservative and “build the durn fence!”    Our local gay sheriff Babieu got used in the McCain commercials – and now won’t take calls by local talk radio station guys to comment on McAmnesty’s turn around.  Must be embarrassing to get screwed over by a politician (although, next time around Babieu might have some interesting things to say about McCain).  The guy’s an embarrassment…like Flake is turning out to be.  We’re just grateful that Janet is going to Kalifornia.  Good riddance.

  • lawngreen

    What we need is refrigerator rules: if it’s squishy, throw it out before it gets moldy.
    mccain? Too late. Remove and apply Lysol.

  • paulejb

    It is time for McRINO to go.