Aug 26, 2011

Immigration Politics: McCain blasted for linking Wallow Fire to illegal immigrants

Tucson Sentinel: "News that two cousins from Southern Arizona who left a campfire unattended have been charged with starting the largest wildfire in Arizona history has put U.S. Sen. John McCain in the hot seat.

After touring the fire site in June, McCain seemed to suggest that it was possible that illegal immigrants had caused the blaze. "We are concerned about, particularly, areas down on the border where there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally," McCain said on June 18, according to KOLD News.

On Thursday, Hispanic leaders held a press conference to call for Sen. McCain to apologize. "He owes it to us to not spread fear and hate," said Daniel Ortega, a Phoenix attorney who is board chair of the National Council of La Raza, a national advocacy group, The Associated Press reports."

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