McCain: Immigration Bill ‘Not That Much Different’ from 2007

'What's changed is, honestly, there is a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle...that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration bill'

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Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) said Sunday a group of bipartisan senators will propose a comprehensive immigration bill in the next week “not much different” from the failed effort of 2007.

“What’s changed is, honestly, there is a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle– including maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle–that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration bill,” McCain said in an interview with “This Week.”

The Arizona Republican emphasized border security as a critical component of any immigration package, but also argued there is a political dimension for Republicans.

“Look at the last election,” McCain said when asked about why Republicans should support the effort. “We are losing the Hispanic vote, which we think should be ours for a variety of reasons, and we’ve got to understand that.”

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