McCain’s Defense of AZ Immigration Bill: Carloads of ‘Illegals’ Cause Freeway Wrecks on Purpose
April 20, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wasn’t kidding when he announced recently that he was no longer a mavericky maverick. Long a proponent of immigration reform, he is now in the political fight of his life trying to fend off a tea party primary opponent. And McCain is throwing away every single principle he has left, after the bruising 2008 presidential battle with all of the Palin ugliness, to hang on to his lofty gig with the U.S. Senate and all the perks that come with it. So, it comes as no surprise to learn that the un-Maverick appeared on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor to defend the indefensible. McCain said the odious and racist new Arizona immigration bill is necessary, because carloads of “illegals” menace the state’s freeways by causing car accidents on purpose. What does he base such a preposterous claim on? Not a damn thing.
During his appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s program, McCain defended his state’s controversial immigration bill, which would allow police officers to stop and question residents suspected of being undocumented immigrants. The failure to carry alien registration documents would now be a crime and law enforcement officials would have the authority to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving their legal residence. In other words, being brown would immediately make you suspect.
MCCAIN: I say that the federal responsibilities have not been fulfilled. Therefore, the states are acting — the state of Arizona is acting and doing what they feel they need to do in light of the fact that the federal government is not fulfilling its fundamental responsibility to secure our borders. Our borders must be secure.
O’REILLY: But what about the racial profiling? You know that’s going to happen has to happen.
MCCAIN: I hope — I would be very sorry that if some of that happens. And I regret it, but I also regret the — really, it’s not just the murder of Robert Krantz. It’s the people whose homes and property are being violated. It’s the drive-by that — the drivers of cars with illegals in it that are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway. Look, our border is not secured. Our citizens are not safe.
Just four-years ago McCain co-authored a bill with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, which included a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Today he is supporting the criminalization of brown-skinned people, as he moves to the far-right to defeat his teapartier challenger J.D. Hayworth.
Source: Media Matters