Arizona Senator John McCain served as guest speaker Monday evening at Texas A&M University.
During his speech, featured as part of the Twanna M. Powell lecture series hosted by former President George Bush and the presidential library, Senator McCain touched on the issues of illegal immigration and the Iraq War.
In March McCain co-authored a controversial illegal immigration bill with Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy.
The bill provides a way for illegal workers to earn legal status without leaving the country.
Senator McCain spoke out about the issue.
"We should say to them, come out of the shadows, pay a fine, pay your taxes, learn our language, stay employed and then and only then go to the back of the line and wait your turn to earn that most precious privilege in the world, American citizenship," McCain said.
Those who attended reacted to Senator McCain's speech.
"I don't agree with the fact they should learn English in order to become a citizen of the United States," Student Crystal Waters said.
"He's really behind President Bush on everything so I think he had some great things to say today," Student Kevin Turner said.
Senator McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in 1958, and began his career as a Naval Aviator. In the early 80s he was elected to congress and in 1986 he was elected to the United States Senate. In 2000, McCain ran unsuccessfully for the republican nomination for President of the United States.
In a recent television interview Senator McCain said he will announce in 2007 whether he will run for the republican presidential nomination for the election in 2008.