Skip to comments.Immigration dominates McCain town hall
Posted on 04/24/2010 6:07:52 PM PDT by mdittmar
Arizona Sen. John McCain's town hall in Tucson Saturday was all about immigration.
McCain had sounded a note of support for Arizona's tough new immigration, calling it a good tool for law enforcement. But he stopped short of fully endorsing the measure.
I havent had a chance to look at all the aspects, but I do understand why the Legislature would act, he said. Even though it wasnt clear to him whether all of it is legal or not, he said state lawmakers acted out of frustration because the federal government didnt do its job.
He spoke of his 10-point plan to do that, including boosting border troops, paying them more, finishing the fence, improving communications equipment and giving more resources to local law enforcement.
Several in the crowd said they support the new law and expressed frustration about the lack of enforcement.
Bob Foy, a 68-year-old retired lieutenant in the Los Angeles sheriffs department, said holes in border enforcement are allowing the free flow of narcotics and weapons into the country. Were in such imminent danger that we dont have another 100 years to get this straight, he said. The new law, while not the perfect answer, is an answer, he said.
One woman said she lives near the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, which is being trashed by border crossers. Another said her daughters boyfriend is an illegal immigrant who has been in prison three times and keeps coming back.
One man chimed in that he was concerned about the mood, saying he was getting a vibe of animosity toward Mexican people in general.
McCain responded, I am worried about anti-Hispanic feeling in this country and I am concerned about condemning good, honest citizens of Hispanic origin because of this (immigration) problem. He noted Tucson was a Spanish-speaking city before it was English and he cherished the Latino heritage.
But pointing to the murder of rancher Robert Krentz, he said border problems need to be addressed not only for citizens here but for immigrants, who arent protected under American laws and are preyed upon by criminal elements.
Pressed by one woman to call Grijalvas boycott irresponsible, McCain said he strongly disagrees with it, especially since the economy is hurting so badly.
McCain, who has previously backed efforts to strengthen border security while creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, has been speaking almost exclusively about border security this election season. The primary race pits him against former U.S. Congressman J.D. Hayworth, who is painting himself as the more conservative option.
McCains border stance sits just fine with 60-year-old Patricia Patterson, a concierge. I was on the fence about a few things, and then I saw him shift away from amnesty and that brought me back to his side, she said.
Meanwhile, 29-year-old film student Omar Martinez said hes leaning toward McCain also. I was crushed by the new law, he said. While hes fearful that people of Mexican descent like himself will be made scapegoats, particularly given deep economic frustrations, he said he was pleased with McCains comments respecting his culture.
Worthless, pandering, equivocating politician.
Here's a clue for you John...a nation that doesn't defend its borders has lost its sovereignty, and can no longer be called a nation.
No other nation in the world allows the level of unchecked illegal immigration that we do, and it's all the deliberate doing of liberal Democrats.
It's destructive to our survival, and it is treason, John. You obviously don't understand that most basic concept, which makes you unfit for any office.
Well Patricia, just as soon as he dupes enough of the people like you and gets reelected, he will be back to touting a 'Path to Citizenship' = Amnesty.
Wake up Patricia! Get smart, stay smart!
All these illegals need to do no matter what country they are from is go back home and clean your own country up inside of buying from your government you are nothing but slaves. You aren’t. Don’t come over here and trash our country like robots with brains the size of gnats just because some thug tells you too.
HOW ABOUT RESPECTING AMERICAN CULTURE?!
McCain obeys the masters who pay him. He pursues his personal interest, like every other politician.
Point 11, of his 10-point plan:
“All the preceding are only to get me re-elected and will NEVER be implemented.”
“Another said her daughters boyfriend is an illegal immigrant who has been in prison three times and keeps coming back.”
OK...now should she call INS, or what? Or should she ship her dd to mexico?
Help me out here?
I’m just a damned Yankee and I don’t understand.
Hey, Juan, what was that McCain-Kennedy bill about, anyway? Can you remember back that far?
JD Hayworth for Senate
I wish I could vote in AZ. As it is I can only give to JD. It is time for McCain to fade. (I have other destinations in mind for McCain but...)
Praying very hard for Hayworth.
The whole tone of the article has the stench of the media carrying McCain’s water. They do not want J.D.
Juan hopes large numbers of Arizonans are equally as easy to hoodwink as this lady. This is pathetic really, that people such as this can influence the political direction of our nation.
Yeah, lady, you let Juan get past the August 24th primary vote and you'll see just how he's "shifted away from amnesty".
70% of Arizonans support the new law. Hopefully they’ll do America a favor and retire McLame.
I havent had a chance to look at all the aspects”
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