A year ago Senator John McCain was saying that undocumented immigrants were “intentionally causing accidents” on the freeways. Well, he’s up to making crazy assertions again without any evidence to back his claims. Now he’s telling us that undocumented people are causing the wildfires in Arizona:
“There is substantial evidence that some of these fires have been caused by people who have crossed our border illegally,” McCain said. “The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border.”
Now it is entirely possible that border crossers light fires to keep warm, but with dry conditions and the typical spring/summer heat in Arizona, I’m not so sure that anyone would need to light a fire during this time of the year. I could be wrong, but for John McCain to make this kind of assertion without offering any evidence, he obviously panders to a certain type of Arizona voter and doesn’t do anything to elevate the immigration discourse. Just this week President Obama extended the deployment of National Guard troops to the border, and border crossings have been on the decline in recent years. So McCain’s point that the border is not secure isn’t even very valid at this point.
I do want to note that there are some suspects who are being questioned about the wildfire, which investigators think may been been started by an abandoned camp fire. However, if you read the report about the fire investigations, there is no mention of immigrants legal or otherwise.