John McCain backs (but not endorses) Arizona's tough new immigration bill (from Russell Pearce); border security plan
[See the UPDATE:; McCain backed away from endorsing it.]
"I think it’s a very important step forward... I can fully understand why the legislature would want to act."
Needless to say, this isn't in line with his previous positions; Arizona state senator Russell Pearce is the sponsor of the bill in question, and he's usually directly opposite the more "pro-business" GOP types on this issue.
McCain’s comments to reporters came as he and fellow Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl unveiled a 10 step plan to secure Arizona’s border with Mexico. McCain and Kyl want to send 3,000 National Guard troops to help an overstretched border patrol curtail increasingly violent incidents along the border, among other measures.
[McCain said:] "The lesson is clear: First we have to secure the border... If you want to enact some other reforms, how can that be effective when you have a porous border? ...So we have to secure the border first."
UPDATE: Per this, "U.S. Sen. John McCain on Monday called the bill a "tool that I think needs to be used." His office later said that wasn't an endorsement."