McCain never wanted the additional 20,000 border agents anyway, and now he’s admitting that the amendment which added them was nothing but a stunt to attract a few more GOP votes in the Senate for the amnesty bill. He voted for the amendment only so they "would be comfortable that we are securing the border". In other words, the amendment was pure political theater all along.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) signaled Tuesday that the dramatic boost in border-security in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill could be one of the provisions that may be changed in a potential House-Senate compromise.
During an immigration forum hosted by the AFL-CIO Tuesday, McCain – a key Senate Gang of Eight negotiator – said while a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented immigrants is a “fundamental element” of the bill, the “rest of it could be adjusted.” He singled out the border security parts as an example.
“We don’t need 20,000 additional border patrol agents,” McCain said Tuesday. “But what we do need is use of technology that has been developed where we can survey the border more effectively.”
“I voted for it so friends of mine would be comfortable that we are securing the border,” McCain said Tuesday.
This is why the best move for the House is to completely ignore any amnesty legislation. If they pass anything remotely related to immigration reform — no matter how tangential or modest — it will go to a conference committee where the conferees, who will be appointed by a House GOP Leadership which has no problem with amnesty, will produce a bill far closer to the Obama-Schumer-Rubio bill amnesty bill than whatever the House passes. The result will have unanimous or near-unanimous Democrat support in the House and, when you combine those votes with those of the Chamber-of Commerce-type Republicans who support amnesty, this farce will pass. There’s no way Boehner will have the backbone to apply the Hastert rule to the conference report. Especially when he’s not particularly opposed to amnesty anyway. Am I wrong?