Updated Jan 30, 2013 - 11:19 am
McCain: Optimistic on possible immigration reform
PHOENIX -- Sen. John McCain said he is looking forward to working with President Barack Obama on a possible overhaul of American immigration laws.
"I appreciate that the president is committed to it and we look forward to working with him," he told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos on Tuesday.
Despite his optimism, McCain knows it will likely be an uphill battle, even with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who is a staunch advocate for securing the border.
"I've tried to do the best I can to ensure her that we will not trigger any further movement towards a legalization of people who are here illegally until we have a secure border."
McCain, citing a new Israeli fence, said it is very possible for the United States to fully secure the border and to crack down on illegal immigrants should a reform pass.
McCain said that several members of both the House and Senate are against any kind of change to immigration policy.