By Lauren Gambinoin of The Guardian
The question of immigration has long set John McCain apart from his Republican colleagues. “Right now, Republicans are on the wrong side of progress,” McCain writes, “and if we want to retain our competitiveness in the fastest-growing communities in the country we’ll stop letting the zealots drive the debate and fix the problems that [give] them their soapbox.”
McCain implores Republicans to reject conservatives who fear America is being “contaminated by the customs of non-European immigrants. They’re still a small fraction in the Republican Party. But they’re the ones getting all the attention right now. They need to be confronted, not ignored or winked at or quietly dismissed as kooks,” McCain writes.