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Published:June 21st, 2011 15:39 EST

Is John McCain Senile Or Racist? Blames Undocumented Workers For Wildfires

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Sen. John McCain said today that he`s `not sure what all this controversy is about` surrounding his unsubstantiated claim that illegal immigrants caused some of the wildfires raging across eastern Arizona.

Cochise Co. `Sheriff Larry Dever will tell you that the Monument Fire was started when the park, the forest was closed. So anyone who was in there is illegal,` McCain said in an interview on `Good Morning America.`"


Racists have blamed undocumented workers for increasing crime rates, drug trafficking and crowded schools, but this is the first time anyone, let alone a respected politician, has blamed immigrants for wildfires.

McCain attempted to glibly dismiss the controversy by saying "The fire was started when the forest was closed. So anyone who was in there is illegal." McCain is being disingenuous, he knows that he was referring to undocumented workers, and not to citizens who were camping illegally.

Pardon the pun, but McCain`s words are inflammatory and reprehensible. As a political leader McCain should be focusing his energy on helping the victims of the fire, instead of scapegoating hardworking and law-abiding undocumented workers.

I have my opinion, but I will leave it to my readers to decide if McCain is senile or a racist.

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