McCain says immigration reform will create jobs

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Sen. John McCain is trying to convince Arizona business leaders to support immigration reform by touting its impact on the state's economy.

McCain said Monday that giving the 11 million people in the country without legal status a path to citizenship will create jobs and end the `de facto' amnesty they currently have.

The Republican told The Associated Press he is soliciting the business community's help during the summer Congressional recess. He says House lawmakers opposed to overhauling the nation's immigration laws need to be convinced public opinion is behind the overhaul.

McCain is touring the state during the five-week recess speaking about immigration reform.

The Senate passed a bill in June but it has stalled in the House amid Republican opposition. McCain was one of the Senate bill's architects.

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