SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - As if Arizona's immigration debate wasn't already hot, Sen. John McCain has ignited a barrage of criticism by saying that there is "substantial evidence" that illegal immigrants are partly responsible for wildfires in the state.
McCain is standing by the statement he made over the weekend as he toured a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona, but immigrant rights advocates say the state's senior senator is using illegal immigrants as scapegoats. Authorities have said humans started the three major blazes in Arizona, but investigators don't know any more details.
"It's his constant refrain for everything that ails mankind," said Roberto Reveles, the founding president and a current member of the Phoenix-based Hispanic civil rights group Somos America. "It just seems like we have an epidemic of, 'Blame it all on the illegal aliens, blame it all on the Mexicans.' It's amazing that the public doesn't rebel against this type of scapegoating."
My Way News - McCain under fire for blaming blazes on immigrants
I love how the AP misrepresents what McCain said here....McCain was speaking about the southern fire, and was citing congressional testimony from the border patrol, and Parks service when he said that cooking fires, and such were responsible for a substantial number of wild fires in southern border regions....
These reporters " " have to know this. They are intentionally lying in their story.