|Sen. Steve Gallardo|
Senator Steve Gallardo, D-13
In an attempt to substantiate his reckless claim during last summer's wildfire season that, "there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally," U.S. Sen. John McCain is touting a new GAO report as proving his point.
According to the report, out of 2,126 human-caused fires, only 30 - that's one tenth of one percent - were suspected of being started by undocumented immigrants. We now also know that the Wallow Fire, which McCain was touring when he made the statement, was started by two campers from Tucson.
Senator Steve Gallardo released the following statement in response to Sen. McCain's release of the GAO report:
"I am surprised that Sen. McCain would make hay with this statement because it makes him look foolish. According to this very report, more than 99% of human-caused wildfires were caused by reckless members of our country, and not undocumented persons," said Sen. Gallardo.
"I call on Sen. McCain to apologize to Latino voters in Arizona for using one of the worst disasters in our state's history as an opportunity to race-bait."