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    Arizona Sen. John McCain has upcoming trips to Florida to tout immigration reforms and Tennessee to promote a possible presidential bid to Republican partisans.
    McCain will be in Miami on Thursday and will promote a business-backed guest worker program and other immigration reforms. The Arizona senator will speak at "town hall" meeting in South Florida sponsored by the New American Opportunity Campaign. That group includes labor unions, business interests, Hispanic groups and other supporters of guest worker program.

    McCain and East Valley Congressman Jeff Flake are among the backers of a federal plan to create a guest worker program for immigrant workers and allow illegals already in the U.S. to apply for legal status after paying a $2,000 fine and undergoing criminal and medical background checks.

    The idea has the backing of the U.S. and Arizona chambers of commerce, but is opposed by some conservative immigration hawks.

    McCain will also help raise campaign funds for two Miami-area GOP congressmen during his time in Florida.

    In early March, McCain will be in Memphis attending the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. That event will feature a number of possible 2008 presidential candidates, including McCain, U.S. Sen. George Allen, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

    McCain has been hitting Southern states in earnest as he mulls another run for the White House. In 2000, George W. Bush trounced McCain in South Carolina and other Southern battlegrounds in the GOP presidential primaries.

    McCain is a top GOP contender in the 2008 presidential tilt. Leading Democratic candidates include Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and U.S. Sens. Joseph Biden, Evan Bayh, John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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    Arizona Sen. John McCain has upcoming trips to Florida to tout immigration reforms and Tennessee to promote a possible presidential bid to Republican partisans.
    McCain will be in Miami on Thursday and will promote a business-backed guest worker program and other immigration reforms. The Arizona senator will speak at "town hall" meeting in South Florida sponsored by the New American Opportunity Campaign. That group includes labor unions, business interests, Hispanic groups and other supporters of guest worker program.

    McCain and East Valley Congressman Jeff Flake are among the backers of a federal plan to create a guest worker program for immigrant workers and allow illegals already in the U.S. to apply for legal status after paying a $2,000 fine and undergoing criminal and medical background checks.

    The idea has the backing of the U.S. and Arizona chambers of commerce, but is opposed by some conservative immigration hawks.

    McCain will also help raise campaign funds for two Miami-area GOP congressmen during his time in Florida.

    In early March, McCain will be in Memphis attending the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. That event will feature a number of possible 2008 presidential candidates, including McCain, U.S. Sen. George Allen, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

    McCain has been hitting Southern states in earnest as he mulls another run for the White House. In 2000, George W. Bush trounced McCain in South Carolina and other Southern battlegrounds in the GOP presidential primaries.

    McCain is a top GOP contender in the 2008 presidential tilt. Leading Democratic candidates include Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and U.S. Sens. Joseph Biden, Evan Bayh, John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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      The American people are opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens.

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        But you are not an american citizen.

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            Regardless of whether I am an American Citizen or not, the American people are still opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens.

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              McCain Answers Questions in Green Valley



              By J.D. Wallace, KOLD News 13 Reporter
              At Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley on Monday, Senator John McCain had the ear of hundreds.

              "He's a little more middle of the road than most Republicans," said Yale Campbell, who attended the town hall.

              "I admire this man. I'm not very political, and so when I fall for a politician, I want to know more about him," said Kathy Warren, who was also there.

              "I get a feel for what the priorities of the people are. It's a great way for me to take the pulse of the people that I represent," McCain said.

              For an hour and a half, McCain took their pulse on subjects ranging from the war in Iraq , homeland security, Medicare, even minimum wage and daylight savings time. But he was not always preaching to the choir.

              "I think that we agree with Senator McCain on just about everything except his immigration bill," said Hereford resident Walter Kolbe.

              "We call for guest worker program, and we call for earned citizenship, which many people do not. There's very stark differences in some other proposals," McCain said.

              McCain's proposal would require the use of more technology, like UAV's, unmanned aerial vehicles to enforce the border.

              And to reduce the need for illegal immigration, McCain proposes a guest worker program using tamper-proof visas. Earned citizenship would require millions of undocumented immigrants already here to get a six year visa, pay a two thousand dollar fine, and then apply for a green card.

              "He declares that his bill is not amnesty. We think it is," Walter Kolbe said.

              Amnesty is the last thing Kolbe and others along the border want to offer, as they see illegal immigration right in their backyards, and lawmakers try to find a solution.

              "We need to have more civilized discussion such as this so that we can exchange viewpoints, and build consensus. That's the only way we're going to act," McCain said.

              McCain said the Congress will take action in March or April.

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