Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lawmakers blame fires on migrants, drug smugglers

Three US Republican Congressmen said that illegal immigrants and drug traffickers are causing numerous fires blazing along Arizona's border with Mexico. "Some wildfires in Arizona (across our southern border) are regrettably caused by drug smugglers and illegal immigrants," Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl and congressman Jeff Flake, all three of Arizona, said in a statement. Arizona is experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in its history. The congressmen said their statement was backed by briefings with a senior Forest Service official. "This statement is consistent with what we've been hearing for years, as well as testimony by the Forest Service and media reports dating back as far as 2006," the statement added. McCain said Saturday at a press conference in Arizona that sometimes illegal immigrants who enter the United States from Mexico set fires to send signals between themselves or to mislead authorities...more

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