Lucas wrote that "McCain explained that comprehensive immigration reform would be a high priority in his administration," adding:
The issue of immigration reform has been difficult for McCain, however, who angered many conservatives last year by supporting legislation that included a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, along with increased enforcement. The bill was supported by President Bush and congressional Democrats.
After the legislation failed, McCain said the federal government must prove it will enforce the borders before the public will support a “comprehensive” approach.
Lucas did not mention that McCain has said that he wouldn't support his own bill if it came up for a vote in the Senate, or that McCain's recent focus on an "enforce the borders" approach contradicts a previous claim that border security could not be disaggregated from other provisions regarding comprehensive immigration reform.