In 2005, Kennedy and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona introduced the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, aimed at reforming the nation's immigration laws. The bill sought, among other things, to establish a guest worker program for illegal immigrants. Over the next two years, Kennedy worked on various iterations of immigration reform, but no legislation ever came into law.
McCain watched as Kennedy made the case for immigration reform by reading from "A Nation of Immigrants," a book written by Kennedy's brother, John.
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