Did Senator McCain Ignite Immigration Reform Wildfire?

Sometimes it takes just one match
to light the fire that brings massive citizen
indignation and corrective action.

You may have seen the powerful
story about the vegetable seller who in a remote
Tunisian city set himself afire and ultimately caused
the uprising that led its long-repressive dictator Ben
Ali to

flee to Saudi Arabia!
a slap sparked Tunisia`s revolution
February 20,

Well, here`s a worthy American (I
don`t care what you think of his views on war or other
matters, he is a true American hero) talking about the
immigration border crisis like it is.

According to a Huffington Post

"John McCain (R-AZ) says

undocumented immigrants are to blame for the massive
that have ravaged Arizona

"There is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by
people who have crossed our border illegally," McCain,

at a
press conference Saturday after touring the Wallow fire,
which began on May 29 and has

burned over 500,000 acres

to date.

“They have set fires because they signal others, they have set fires to
keep warm, and they have set fires in order to divert
law enforcement agents and agencies from them,” McCain
said. “The answer to that part of the problem is to get
a secure border."
McCain: Immigrants Caused Arizona Wildfires
, June
19, 2011]

Hey, the Senator actually used the
term "illegal", Huffington!

Then the Huffington reportorial
predictably begins its tattoo of attacks:

did not provide any evidence to support his claim,

"On Sunday, Tom Berglund, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, told ABC News
that there is

no evidence that undocumented immigrants had caused the
Wallow fire
`Absolutely not, at this level,` Berglund said. `There`s
no evidence that I`m aware, no evidence that`s been
public, indicating such a thing.`

“Berglund did say, however, that the cause of the Wallow fire, now the
largest wildfire in Arizona history, had been determined
to be human — specifically an `escaped campfire.` Two
persons of interest were questioned, but no arrests were

But I can tell you first hand from

February/March 2011 trip
sponsored by the Center for
Immigration Studies (CIS), led by a long time AZ
resident reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner,

Jerry Kammer,
to the border at Nogales, Douglas and
other cities that the ranch land there is exactly ripe
for such fires, dry, upland, tough to police and rampant
with illegal alien crossings, all
the control now of the Mexican drug cartels.

Thanks to Jerry`s extensive
connections there, our CIS group heard from border
patrol leaders, AZ sheriffs, on the ground reporters,
long-time ranchers and other border officials who
disproved clearly the official stories coming from the
Obama Administration`s Janet Napolitano, about border
violence and the

security promised in Article 4 of our Constitution

which is not being provided to us American citizens.

For example, one of several
ranchers we met,

John Ladd,
who took us all over his huge 20,000 plus
acre spread, told us that 100,000 illegals have crossed
his property every year for 20 years. This dry ranch
land which only supports a few head of cattle per 1000
acres is ripe for fire. He and his family have worked
this ranch since 1893!

Hey, Huffington, if it walks like a
duck, quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck, is it
a duck? Hiding behind legalistic legerdemain about
doesn`t detract from the obvious
probability that illegal aliens—drug cartel operatives
and the desperate aliens they
—don`t worry too much about starting fires.

As to be expected, the Latino crowd
chimes in, eagerly amplified by Huffington:

"Latino groups sharply criticized McCain for his remarks. `With the lack
of evidence, he might as well also blame

aliens from outer space

for the fires,` Angelo Falcon, [
] the president of the
National Institute for Latino Policy,

told CNN.

Randy Parraz
whose organization

Citizens for a Better
, is
trying to recall the senator who sponsored the state`s
controversial anti-illegal immigration law, called
McCain`s remarks `careless and reckless.`”

Yes, Mr. Falcon, our ranch lands
might seem to many big city dwellers like
"outer space",
but to anyone viewing the CIS films on the

trash and garbage
by those thousands of
border-crossing aliens, the likelihood of their starting
these fires is hardly an
"outer space"

Falcon continues:
"It`s easier to
fan the flames of intolerance, especially in Arizona"

Yes, Falcon`s group continues to
fan the flames of intolerance—for American sovereignty
and American citizens` rights.
 But, it is
becoming increasingly clear that such smears no longer
can fool the American people.(See, as an example of the
kind of low-credibility smear I`m talking about,

 John McCain
Doubles Down on Racist Scapegoating of Latino Migrants,

 By Stephen
Phoenix New Times
, June 21, 2011 which not only
blames the Senator for his truth-telling, but blames him
for earning the praise of what they call
racist website VDARE.com
They can see the obvious way in which they are being and
have been for decades hoodwinked into thinking America
needed the 140 million of new unneeded unskilled aliens
added to our population since 1965.

McCain himself is unimpressed:

On Tuesday, Mr.
McCain said in an interview on



show he was “puzzled” by the firestorm that has erupted
after his remarks.

“We know that
people who come across our border illegally … that these
fires are sometimes, some of them, caused by this,” he
said. Mr. McCain added, “I`m puzzled … that there should
be any controversy.” He said he was merely repeating
information he`d been given during a briefing with
federal officials, including the

U.S. Forest Service
before he appeared at the news conference
. McCain under fire for blaming blazes on
Bob Christie and Jacques
Billeaud, Washington Times, June 21, 2011

Could Senator McCain have offered
the match to a wildfire that Treason Lobby slander can`t
extinguish? Talk about
perfect symbolism!—so obviously related to the
immigration invasion
on our

Southern borders.

Most current, could it result in

urgently needed passage

permanent E verify
legislation—which could begin
America`s return to our traditional

Rule of Law?

How many

wake-up calls
do the American people need?

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.