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McCain and Kyl finger Mexicans for Arizona fires
McCain and Kyl finger Mexicans for Arizona fires

Sen. John McCain, once a moderate who pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, now hints at least some of  Arizona’s wildfires were caused by  unauthorized migrants, according to The Arizona Republic.

This was at a press conference.

Asked which fires were caused by migrants, McCain couldn’t answer.

Sen. Jon Kyl, who was with McCain,  told reporters the Horseshoe Fire in the borderlands was caused by migrants.


Apparently, neither Gov. Brewer nor the Forest Service knew about the alleged migrant firebugs:

“The senators’ remarks came a day after Gov. Jan Brewer said the causes and sources of two southern Arizona fires have not been determined and that an investigation is under way,” the Arizona Republic  reported.

ABC News interviewed Tom Berglund, a Forest Service spokesman involved with one fire and reported:

When asked if there is substantial evidence that some fires were caused by illegal immigrants, as McCain said at a news conference Saturday, Berglund said: “Absolutely not, at this level.”

“There’s no evidence that I’m aware, no evidence that’s been public, indicating such a thing,” he said.