Sen. John McCain is trying to convince Arizona business leaders to support immigration reform by touting its impact on the state’s economy.
McCain said Monday that giving the 11 million people in the country without legal status a path to citizenship will create jobs and end the ‘de facto’ amnesty they currently have.
The Republican told The Associated Press he is soliciting the business community’s help during the summer congressional recess. He says House lawmakers opposed to overhauling the nation’s immigration laws need to be convinced public opinion is behind the overhaul.
“We all respond to our constituents,” McCain said. “Over 70 percent of the people in Arizona support a path to citizenship if they pay back taxes, learn English, get in line behind everybody who has waited legally, and so we hope to convince them without being disrespectful to my House colleagues.”