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McCain touts report that pins wildfires on border crossers

GAO traces 30 blazes between 2006 to 2010 to illegal immigrants

A new Government Accountability Office report says that 30 wildfires near the Arizona-Mexico border between 2006 and 2010 could be traced back to illegal border crossers. The report was seized on by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who came under fire this summer for saying that immigrants caused some of the state’s wildfires.
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Nov 26, 2011, 8:50 am
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live 20 miles from start of monuement fire. Word is down here that fire was not started by borders crossers, but was started by someone right at the line in mexico knowing the fire would spread north. McCain wasnt race baiting, but Mr. Gallardo is in this article. What is the equation as to why McCain should apologize to Latino voters in Az.? What do latino voters in Az. have to do with illegal border crossers? That is race baiting. Stupido. There is a very false assumption out there among the unthinking that people that want to close the border and do not welcome illegals dislike hispanic (Latino) people.

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Nov 29, 2011, 8:24 pm
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after reading this article and another one, I can only surmise that Steve Gallardo is a race baiting confused senator.  There is no possible connection between illegal border crossers and latino voters in Arizona or any where. Sen Gallardo is simply trying to paint a picture that anyone who criticizes illegal immigration is attacking anyone who is of hispanic ethnicity. This is a terrible race baiting technique that doesnt fool any thinking person. The only result from this intentional deception is the very real possibility of polarizing people on the basis of race. Is this what we want from our state lawmakers?  And I for one think 1 % (30 fires) started by border jumpers is 1 % too many. Senator Gallardo…. resign

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