Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told reporters on Capitol Hill today that he was currently working on an alternate immigration bill for Republicans to offer instead of President Obama’s emergency funding supplement
McCain previewed the legislation for reporters calling the repeal of the Bush-era 2008 trafficking act a “key element” of the bill, which he expected to introduce this afternoon.
When asked about other things he wanted in the bill, Flake told Breitbart News that he wanted to not only change the 2008 trafficking act, but wanted increase funding for the court system and beef up some of the consulates in some of the South American countries where the unaccompanied minors were coming from such as Guatemala and .
McCain also noted that wanted to condition aid to the South American countries based on their cooperation during the crisis.
Sessions agreed that it would be a good idea to repeal the 2008 Trafficking Act, but added that the crisis was easily solved if President Obama wanted to.
Sessions warned his Republican colleagues who were eager to offer alternate legislation to the president’s request, pointing out that there was a danger of Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Democrats using it to their advantage.
McCain noted that any progress for comprehensive immigration reform would have to wait until the current crisis was over.
“We have to give people confidence that this will stop before we can ever make any progress, and that’s the key element,” McCain said.