Today Senator McCain is clarifying his statements about the Wallow Fire and undocumented immigrants starting it. He says that according to the Fire Service and Border Patrol that sometimes fires are caused by undocumented border crossers but that he wasn’t referring to this specific fire over the weekend. You can hear the Senator explain this in the following clip:
I still am of the opinion that McCain could have better qualified his initial statement. If he doesn’t have evidence that can be released to the public about who started the massive fire, he shouldn’t try to place blame publicly.
Randy Parraz, who was the Democratic candidate challenging McCain last year, offered this:
“He could have said that Boy Scouts of America started this fire. When you claim that there’s substantial evidence, you need to be able to produce that and he did not do that.”
And even if this current massive fire was started by an undocumented person, a case probably could be made for immigration reform that allows the US to better track who enters the country. If an immigrant can cross at an official point of entry, there would be no need to start a fire for warmth.
The Phoenix New Times summed it up pretty succinctly here:
“Keep in mind that Senator McCain was asked generally about Arizona’s current wildfire epidemic, and he generally answered that these argued for a “secure border” due to all of these illegal border crossers setting fires.
Right. As if building the “dang fence” would somehow stay Sand Land’s triple-digit heat, low humidity and the wind itself, leaving the yearly plague of forest fires a bitter memory.”
What are your thoughts? Does Senator McCain make any more sense on this issue today?