Thursday, August 18, 2011

The myth of border danger

Great editorial in the Washington Post about the myth perpetrated prominently by Republican presidential candidates (though by many others as well) that the border is dangerous and is seeing escalating violence.  I've written about this over and over, but it bears repeating and repeating.  The editorial gets it absolutely right that claiming the border needs to be "secured" first and then never admitting it is becoming more secure means you never have to tackle the more difficult issue of immigration reform.

Horror stories about an out-of-control border are untethered from the facts. They’re also irresponsible. By using the myth of escalating border insecurity as an excuse for inaction on the pressing reality of a broken immigration system, politicians perpetuate both a lie and the national disgrace of a dysfunctional policy.

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Vicente Duque 2:53 PM  

VIDEO, Phoenix New Times, Sorry, John McCain, Wallow Fire Suspects U.S. Citizens Confirmed - Watch VIDEO John McCain saying "there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally"


John McCain blamed the biggest forest fire in Arizona History on illegal immigrants - he then offered absolutely no evidence to backup his claim that brown people were guilty. The suspects in custody are as American as Apple Pie.

This is a Historic Blunder of John McCain !!


Phoenix New Times
Down on Brown
Sorry, John McCain, Wallow Fire Suspects U.S. Citizens. Confirmed
By James King Thu
Aug. 25, 2011


http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/08/sorry_john_mccain_wallow_fire.php



Some excerpts :

Remember earlier this year when Arizona Senator John McCain said "there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally.

"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."

That's right, seemingly referring to the Wallow fire John McCain blamed a forest fire on illegal immigrants -- and he's not even running for office.

Following McCain's comment, remember when he then offered absolutely no evidence to backup his claim that illegal immigrants were to blame for the largest wildfire in Arizona history?

That happened, and there's a reason: illegal immigrants didn't start the fire -- a couple of white guys named Caleb and David Malboeuf, cousins, are suspected of starting the blaze.

The Department of Justice confirms to New Times that both Malboeufs are U.S. citizens -- they live in the Flagstaff area.

Just for kicks, below you can watch McCain put on his serious face and blame illegal immigrants for a forest fire:
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