A 9/11 Family Member Confronts Sen. McCain [R-AZ] On Immigration Control

I first met

Bruce DeCell
in December 2002. Peter Brimelow and I
had gathered in New York with stunned

9/11 family members.
DeCell is a retired New York
police officer whose son-in-law,

Mark Petrocelli,

at the

World Trade Center.

Incredulous at the extent of immigration abuses, the
group would soon form

9/11 Families for a Secure America.

DeCell has more reason than most to
rejoice that at the

stunning victory
of Proposition 200—the heroic
attempt by

grass-roots Arizona
effort to stop illegal aliens
from picking


voting in elections

In one of life`s curious twists,
DeCell had a chance

October 20th encounter on a New York-bound
with one of Prop 200`s most

vocal and powerful foes
, Arizona Senator

John McCain.

As DeCell recounted the incident to me, he had been in
Washington DC to attend the House-Senate Conference
Committee meeting to support the immigration provisions
recommended by the

9/11 Commission
and written into H.R. 10.

On his way home DeCell, to his great surprise, found
himself sitting across from McCain, one of the driving
forces behind S.2845—the Senate bill that

attempted to strip
most of the immigration safety
measures from H. R. 10. (The stronger version eventually
prevailed—another significant victory for immigration

Eventually, DeCell introduced himself to McCain as a
9/11 FSA member. Sensing early where their conversation
was headed, McCain cut DeCell off by insisting that

H.R. 10
would never pass because it contained
provisions not in the

9/11 Commission`s report.

"McCain`s eyes glazed over as soon as I mentioned
H.R. 10,"
recalled DeCell.

But DeCell was not put off. He challenged McCain to
compare the Commission`s report—which he had with
him—with H.R. 10. McCain refused.

Again, DeCell pressed McCain. DeCell pointed out that
that S.2845 does not address the need for tighter border

McCain insisted—"three or four times,"
according to DeCell—that the Senate version would provide
ample security.

As for illegal aliens, McCain was adamant that they
come only to work at jobs

Americans will not take.

For emphasis, Mc Cain added that in his opinion OTM`s
(Other Than Mexicans) crossing into America from Mexico

no security threat.

Growing increasingly frustrated, DeCell told McCain
that S. 2845 failed adequately to address the threat of
driver`s licenses given to illegal aliens. The 9/11
Commission had emphasized the

with which terrorists obtained driver`s licenses
prior to the attacks.

McCain advised DeCell that he had written the driver`s
license language in the Senate bill. Then, he abruptly
ended their conversation.

When the train pulled into the station McCain rose
from his seat and turned to DeCell.

"Good-bye. It was nice meeting you," he said.

Replied De Cell: "Shame on you, Senator."

"I was furious," DeCell told me, "How can we
survive with



Just a few days later, McCain shifted his focus from
gutting H.R. 10 to going on the warpath against Prop 200.

On October 24th, the Arizona Republic
published McCain`s Op-ed titled

"Prop 200 Less than Worthless to Arizona,"

continuing his assault on the truth about illegal

Shamelessly describing himself as the "leader"
in the "search for solutions" to illegal
immigration, Mc Cain complained that Prop 200 would be a
costly nuisance to enforce. McCain`s answer to illegal
immigration crisis is—naturally—amnesty!

Just prior to Election Day, DeCell traveled to Arizona
to make radio and television appearances in support of
Prop 200.

When the final votes were tallied, I asked DeCell if
he felt any special sense of vindication that he had
contributed to the victory of Prop 200 and had in the

also prevailed over
McCain, the

Wall Street Journal
the Chamber of Commerce,

Hispanic advocacy groups
and the Arizona Republic.

Said DeCell:

"The Arizona voters have
sent a clear message that they are disgusted with illegal
aliens ruining the state."

But he went on:

"I can`t believe that
people vote for McCain. Illegal aliens have made a

out of Arizona."

(McCain was re-elected with 77 percent of the vote
over his Democratic opponent, Stuart Starkey, an eighth
grade mathematics teacher.)

Continuing, DeCell said,

"As I traveled around, I
met with

who reported that over the last few years
they had

9,000 aliens and seized two to three tons of

. In Phoenix, all the money transfer stations

bulletproof booths.
Aliens can get their photos for

matricula consular cards
right next to the Mexican
consulate office. In ten minutes, we saw about 20 people
go into the consulate with their pictures in hand."

Finally, DeCell said that as far as McCain and other

Congressional open borders enthusiasts,
he considers
them all "creeps."

Looking back on his train ride with McCain, De Cell
minced no words:

"I don`t care if they are
rude to me or not. When I get the chance to confront
them, I`m not going to pull any punches."

The Prop 200 victory is the biggest triumph grassroots
Americans have enjoyed since California`s Proposition
187. Immigration reform is coming to America—even if John
McCain won`t get on the train.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.