McCain touts work on immigration reform
Monday, May 7, 2007, 2:11 PM
By O.Kay Henderson
Republican presidential candidate John McCain says he's working to resolve the debate over U.S. immigration policy yet this year.
Last week in Iowa, Democratic presidential hopeful Christopher Dodd accused McCain of backing away from immigration reform, but McCain says that's not the case.
McCain says the first task is to secure the borders. "Then you have to have a temporary worker program and the key to that is a tamper-proof biometric document. Any employer who hires someone without it would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," McCain says. "Then there's various categories of people of the 12 million who are already here and it's a little complicated."
McCain, a U.S. Senator from Arizona, says he hopes to hammer out the details of an immigration reform package in the next couple of weeks.
McCain spoke to about 200 people at a town hall meeting this morning in Davenport.