A president says, "Take down this wall." In a campaign ad a few decades later, Sen. John McCain and a sheriff from another county stroll along beside The Great Wall of the Southwest. "Put up the dang wall," says Cowpoke John.
Sen. John McCain, (R-AZ) who has been beating the tom-tom in support of the new anti-immigration bill in Arizona is not "in favor of enforcing laws prohibiting employers from hiring undocumented workers."
Let me see if I have this straight. Undocumented workers should be deported but employers who hire them should not be prosecuted. The guy is not only pandering to his business constituents, he's wondering how he's going to pay Anglos the wages they expect to maintain his nine mansions. It's also slave labor.
The American worker expects minimum wage. Immigrants are happy to get $10 a day, if that much.
McCain went on to praise Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who signed the law "giving state police broad power to identify, detain, and deport undocumented immigrants." McCain said on Fox News that he is "proud of the work" she is doing on immigration, and justified the law “because the federal government would not enforce its responsibilities.”
But letting business get away with skirting immigration laws hurts Arizona’s workers. As the Wonk Room’s Andrea Nill has noted:
Unscrupulous employers who hire and abuse undocumented labor drive down wages and working conditions for all the Americans who work alongside them. They also put honest businesses who want to abide by immigration and labor laws in a position in which they are forced to compete on an uneven playing field.
Too bad Arizona doesn't have at least one sane Republican candidate for Senator. One who is half-way intelligent and who doesn't flip-flop.