By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau: U.S. Senator John McCain spoke to Arizona farmers and ranchers during Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Scottsdale last night during the Service to Agriculture Awards Banquet where farmers and ranchers were recognized for their outstanding achievements. 

Just before awards were presented, Senator McCain shared with Arizona Farm Bureau's leaders regarding the impact of the recent election, immigration reform and foreign policy.

Senator John McCain spent the evening with Arizona's farmers and ranchers at Arizona Farm Bureau's Service to Agriculture Awards Banquet Thursday, November 6th in Scottsdale.

On the heels of the election, McCain discussed briefly the impact of Tuesday's vote and what Republicans hope to accomplish now that they also hold the majority in the U.S. Senate. 

On the eve of the election Senator McCain had urged President Obama not to take executive action on immigration and stressed with Farm Bureau leadership last night that he has grave concerns about what might happen as a result of the President indicating that he planned to sign after Tuesday's election an executive action that could give work permits and green cards to millions of people who entered the U.S. illegally.

He noted that Congress can work out an appropriate reform of our system but believes that unilaterial action by the President to legalize undocumentd immigrants "until we have properly secured our southern border and provided for effective enforcement of immigration laws" would unduly hurt efforts to effectively resolve the issue. 

Senator McCain also shared his concerns about the current direction of the country's foreign policy. A senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator McCain explained the important role American serves on the global stage. 

“We were  delighted to have our U.S. Senator speak to Arizona Farm Bureau members,” said Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers. “Senator McCain's inside perspective on these key issues are truly valuable to our leadership.”

Arizona Farm Bureau’s 93rd Annual Meeting November 5 through 7 concludes today at the Scottsdale Resort. Delegates discussed and passed major agricultural issues as a delegate body that will now guide the organization’s efforts in 2015.

Other speaker highlights last night included Arizona House of Representative David Gowen.

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