Sen. John McCain faces uproar over his immigrant-wildfire link: "Sen. John McCain on Monday sought to extinguish a political inferno that erupted over the weekend when he said illegal immigrants and drug smugglers likely had started some wildfires in Arizona.
McCain set off the controversy with remarks Saturday at a news conference in Springerville after touring the devastation of the Wallow Fire with Sen. Jon Kyl and Reps. Jeff Flake and Paul Gosar, all Arizona Republicans.
But his comments, which referred generally to wildfires that have burned closer to the U.S.-Mexico border, were met with blowback from critics who demanded he cough up proof of illegal-immigrant involvement in any blazes. ...
"Every misfortune is blamed on undocumented immigrants," Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., said in a written statement. "Senator McCain's comments continue to provoke an extreme anti-immigrant and anti-Latino atmosphere in Arizona.""