On Tuesday night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) faced a frustrated crowd when defending his immigration plan during a town hall meeting. Responding to concerns about border security, McCain received a less-than-pleased reaction from residents.
“There are 11 million people living here illegally,” he said. “We are not going to get enough buses to deport them.”
About border security, McCain highlighted the need to utilize better technology, according to an Associated Press report. Furthermore, he said a pathway to citizenship should require learning English, as well as paying back taxes and fines for breaking immigration laws.
Some of the reaction, however, was negative:
Some audience members shouted out their disapproval.
One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration. Another man
complained that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.
McCain urged compassion. “We are a Judeo-Christian nation,” he said.One particular heated exchange with Keith Smith, a resident who suggested, “Cut off their welfare and all their stuff, and they’ll go back.”
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