Thursday, February 21, 2013

A John McCain-Hosted Immigration Town Hall Event in Sun Lakes Turns Into a Scene from 'Parks and Rec'

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Lost in the chaos surrounding #TucsonBlizzard 2013 (Never Forget!) was this news item published yesterday from the Associated Press, detailing a trip by Arizona Sen. John McCain and current Director of Homeland Security (and former Arizona Governor) Janet Napolitano to the U.S.-Mexico border, took a turn for the wacky when describing the arguments Sen. McCain heard from some of the colorful denizens of Sun Lakes, a small community in the Southeastern Phoenix area.

From the AP, via CBSnews.com (emphasis added):

McCain said a tamper-proof Social Security card would help combat identity fraud, and noted any path to citizenship must require immigrants to learn English, cover back taxes and pay fines for breaking immigration laws.

"There are 11 million people living here illegally," he said. "We are not going to get enough buses to deport them."

Some audience members shouted out their disapproval.

One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration. Another man complained that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.

McCain urged compassion. "We are a Judeo-Christian nation," he said. McCain's other town hall meeting took place in Green Valley, south of Tucson.

Well, it was a nice try, John. But as the red-faced man in the above clip should help you realize, when you get crazy people from a small town into a forum, hilarity and exasperation soon follow.

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