Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) decried Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) plan to curb illegal immigration on Monday saying that the Republican lawmaker’s initiative does not take a comprehensive approach.

“We believe our blueprint is even stronger than the Arizona senators’ proposal in stopping the flow of illegal immigrants because our plan both increases border security and prevents employers from hiring illegal immigrants,” said Schumer in a statement on Monday.


Earlier on Monday, McCain – a longtime advocate of including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants as part of immigration reform – emphasized that border security must be the top priority now in trying to address illegal immigration concerns.

Schumer said that Democrats would be willing to negotiate with the Republicans on a bill “that requires completion of border security measures before any other measures take effect,” but he emphasized that the measure needs to stick with a comprehensive approach to ensure passage in both the House and the Senate.

“The only way to combat illegal immigration is through comprehensive reform because that is the only solution that can get through both the House and the Senate,” he said.”