WASHINGTON, DC – Statement from Mark Delich, FWD.us Director of Congressional Affairs and former staffer to Senator John McCain:
“Senator John McCain lived an amazing life. He was an American hero who dedicated his life to public service, striving to leave his country and its government improved from that which he inherited. His record of service in the U.S. Navy, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate speaks to this dedication and provides a broad and proud legacy. Part of this legacy will undoubtedly include his efforts to improve our broken immigration system. Sen. McCain led several attempts to reform our immigration reform without success but his partnership with Sen. Ted Kennedy set the framework for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform and provides a road map to finally achieving what they were not able to in their lifetimes.
“His desire to solve this issue was one of practicality: to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, fill unmet labor demands, but also recognize the reality that 11 million people are living in this country and contributing to their communities, the majority for decades, without full protection of the law or an ability to become legal residents. But as important as these practical matters, was his desire to welcome all immigrants that seek to make a better life for themselves, and in turn, allow these new Americans to enrich our nation through the love of their new home and their desire to improve their lot in life.
“Senator McCain would often say a fight not joined is a fight not enjoyed. May we all learn from his patriotism, service and sacrifice and never stop fighting to build a better nation.”