Sen. John McCain says President Barack Obama is motivated by “political calculations” in supporting the repeal of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
“In order for the president of the United States to be reelected, he has to have very solid support amongst the Hispanic community,” the Arizona Republican told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, hours after the Supreme Court struck down three provisions of the law. “I cannot believe that political calculations are not a major part of this. Otherwise, he would have proposed comprehensive immigration reform back in 2009 when he was first president of the United States.”
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled to uphold what is widely known as the “show me your papers” provision of SB 1070, which mandates that police officers check the documents of an individual who has been stopped for questioning if there is reason to believe that they are in the country illegally.
Describing his state as the place where plenty of drugs and illegal immigrants enter the country through the border, McCain also asserted that the administration’s stance on the state’s immigration law is “worse than ironic.”