Senator John McCain held a town hall meeting on immigration reform and by all accounts the Arizona crowd was pretty hostile.
During a heated town hall gathering in the Phoenix suburb of Sun Lakes, McCain said the border near Yuma is largely secure, but he said smugglers are using the border near Tucson to pump drugs into Phoenix. He said immigration reform should be contingent on better border security that must rely largely on technology able to detect border crossings.
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.
Via Hot Air, here’s a local news video showing clips of McCain getting kind of snotty and sarcastic in response to questions from constituents. When asked about the fence he previously demanded he mockingly pointed to a map saying “It’s not a fence? It’s a banana. We’ve put up a banana.” Later he chided the reporter for wanting to report there was some sort of problem at the meeting. (Be sure to follow the Hot Air link for news on how there has been an increase in activity along the border as lawmakers work out their amnesty plans.)
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