McCain Pledges Path to Legalization for 50,000 Illegal Irish Immigrants
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In a town hall today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that as president, he would ensure that 50,000 "illegal" Irish immigrants residing in the United States could find a "path to citizenship:"
There are 50,000 Irish men and women who are in this country illegally at this time, who are hard-working people, who want to become citizens. And I want to assure you that we will enact comprehensive immigration reform, after they do certain things, obviously, give them a path to citizenship in this country as part of an overall immigration reform package.
McCain said that the United States has been "enriched" from "Irish, Italian, Pol[ish]" immigrants. He later included "our Hispanic citizenry" in his list. Watch it:
In right-wing speak, this proposal is called "amnesty."