Pew Hispanic Report: 63 Percent of Illegals Have Resided in US 10 Years or More

Pew Hispanic has published a new report that provides interesting facts for the thoughtful reader.

The graph posted here is nothing if not a testament to illegal aliens’ ability to survive and thrive without a major amnesty in the 25 years since Reagan’s 1986 IRCA. There is a whole industry of producing counterfeit documents for illegals, and identity theft is a crime that harms a growing number of citizens every year.

The illegals’ own success shows that an additional amnesty to reward lawbreaking behavior is not warranted. They are doing just fine, thank you.

The illegals don’t need to be “brought out of the shadows” because they live and work openly. DREAM Act students demonstrate about their status and nobody gets deported. Illegal kids get free K-12 on the backs of the taxpayers courtesy of the Supreme Court, and they are now demanding a “right” to a subsidized college education as well.

Pew’s report also focused on the kiddies, and contained another noteworthy statistic:

Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood, Pew Hispanic, December 1, 2011

The Pew Hispanic analysis also finds that nearly half (46%) of unauthorized adult immigrants today—about 4.7 million people—are parents of minor children. By contrast, just 38% of legal immigrant adults and 29% of U.S.-born adults are parents of minor children.

The higher number of children plopped out by illegals compared with legal immigrants suggests that the foreigners are taking advantage of America’s jackpot baby misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment (which is unpopular among the citizenry). Why wouldn’t the illegal grab everything they can get? They may be lawbreaking foreign job thieves, but they consistently act in their own self-interest.

60% of adult illegal immigrants in U.S. for 10 years or more, report says, LA Times Blog, December 1, 2011

More than 60% of adult illegal immigrants in the U.S. have lived here for at least 10 years and nearly half have minor children, according to a report published Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The analysis based on data from the March 2010 Current Population Survey and the Pew Hispanic Center’s 2010 National Survey of Latinos shows a marked increase in the long-term duration of illegal immigrants in the U.S. compared with a decade ago.

Currently, about 35% of illegal immigrants adults have been in the U.S. for 15 years or more; in 2000 only about 16%  had been in the country for that long, says the report, titled “Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood.”

An additional 28% have been in the country for 10 to 14 years, a percentage has not changed since 2000. Meanwhile, the percentage of illegal immigrants who have lived in the country for fewer than five years dropped from 32% in 2000 to 15% in 2010.

According to the report, the increased duration of unauthorized immigrants in the country reflects a surge in illegal immigration in the late 1990s and early 2000s but has since slowed due to the sputtering U.S. economy and increased border enforcement.

In addition, relatively few of those who have been in the United States for a long time are now returning to their home countries. There are about 10.2 million unauthorized adults living in the country and an additional 1 million children under the age of 18, according to the report.

California DREAM Act Will Cost Millions More Than First Estimated

The California DREAM Act was pitched as being relatively inexpensive and wouldn’t harm citizen students. Now a report from the Legislative Analyst Office says that both of those assertions are wrong: it will cost $25 million more than the original estimate of $40 million; the giveaway will cost $65 million annually and increase from there. Plus American students will get smaller grants because a limited pot of money will be spread among more people, who are illegal aliens who shouldn’t be here in the first place.

The whole thing was a fabric of lies from the start, and anyone who objected was condemned as a racist for objecting to illegal aliens students taking up valuable slots and money.

You can read the LAO report online: How Will the California Dream Act Affect Higher Education Costs?.

Listen to the John and Ken radio reporting on the issue on Thursday.

An LA Times poll from mid-November, before all the bad news came out about the bloated costs, found that 55 percent of voters opposed the DREAM Act. Unsurprisingly, a huge preponderance of hispanics thought more freebies for illegals was a swell idea.

In addition, the petition campaign to put the DREAM Act on next November’s ballot for termination is moving along. For details, see Stop AB 131.

Here’s more about the LAO report:

DREAM Act could cost more than previously estimated, according to report, Daily Cal, November 30, 2011

A new report released by California’s bipartisan financial analyst predicts that the state DREAM Act will cost about $25 million more than previously estimated and could decrease the funding available for resident students currently seeking aid.

The state Legislative Analyst’s Office report released Wednesday states that resident students seeking state financial aid could receive less because of the funding that will be allotted to students newly eligible under the act. The report projects the act’s cost to total $65 million annually once fully implemented, higher than the estimated annual cost of $40 million calculated by the state Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year.

The cost of the act will rise annually until 2015-16, when the cost is then expected to rise significantly slower, according to Judy Heiman, a principal analyst at the office.

The cost of Cal Grants for students newly eligible under the act is also predicted to increase from the $13 million estimated in the committee’s bill analysis to $50 million by 2016-17, according to the report.

The bill analysis introduced on the state Assembly floor before the August vote did not include a rising cost estimate for increasing numbers of students newly eligible under the act, although it did stipulate that rising costs were likely due to increased AB 540 student participation in higher education. Continue reading this article

Rep. Bilbray Rejects Amnesty Chatter

While the increased discussion of immigration in the media is welcome, much of it is of low quality, even among persons who call themselves conservatives, a group which is supposed to respect law and sovereignty.

Congressman Brian Bilbray is not one of those spouting nonsense soundbites. In a recent appearance on CNN, the Chair of the Immigration Reform Caucus made several points often missed in the current shallow debate (which routinely ignores the job displacement dimension). Bilbray emphasized that Reagan realized amnesty could only be used once, because any additional giveaways decrease Washington’s credibility for enforcement.

True, as shown by the disrespect toward US sovereignty shown by foreign freeloaders after the seven amnesties passed by Congress since Reagan’s 1984 amnesty.

Rep. Bilbray also noted that any discussion of amnesty (very unpopular among US voters) sends the message around the world that America is still wide open for illegal immigration. Announcing amnesty is like opening a candy store in the middle of a freeway, he says.

GOP Immigration chairman rips Gingrich’s ‘amnesty’ plan, The Hill, November 30 , 2011

The Republican chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus blasted GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday for calling to allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the country.

Speaking on CNN’s “John King, USA,” Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) likened the former House Speaker’s plan to drilling a hole in the bottom of a sinking boat to let the water out.

“Newt, I don’t care who you are,” Bilbray said. “Quit sending the mixed message that we are going to somehow reward or accommodate you if you broke the law while there are those waiting patiently and playing by the rules, waiting to come into this country legally.”

At a Republican presidential debate earlier this month, Gingrich said he supported efforts to allow tax-paying illegal immigrants without criminal records to remain in the country or gain citizenship — but only “those people whose ties run so deeply in America that it would truly be a tragedy to try and rip their family apart.”

Bilbray countered that as a former congressman from Georgia, Gingrich doesn’t truly understand the problem.

“I’m one of the few members of Congress to have seen what happens along the border when people from Georgia or somewhere else that don’t understand what’s going on with the immigration issue don’t take the time to go to Latin America and talk to people who are considering coming here illegally,” he said. “They don’t understand that talking about amnesty to reduce illegal immigration is about as logical as somebody saying, ‘Let’s drill a hole in the bottom of a boat to let the water out.’ You’re going to cause a whole new wave of illegal immigration.” Continue reading this article

California: More Moving Out Than In

The Los Angeles Times is too kind to the post-Golden State when it says the reason most leavers are fleeing is the high cost of housing. It underplays the stubborn unemployment which has hovered around 12 percent during the current recession. (See the Sacramento Bee’s interactive map.)

The joblessness is worsened by a bad business climate emanating from Sacramento that literally chases jobs out of the state with excessive regulation and taxes.

The all-Democrat state government has assured that the jobs picture will only get worse because of its insistence on a unilateral program of greenhouse gas reduction that will shoo away many more businesses to other states because of the increased costs. (See State’s cap and trade program gets final approval,, Oct 21, 2011)

Plus many traditional Americans find Mexifornia’s immigration-fueled diversity unpleasant as expressed in dysfunctional schools and worsened crime. More US citizens would probably leave if they could afford it.

California demographic shift: More people leaving than moving in, Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2011

More people are moving out of the state than are moving in. It’s the economy, of course, especially housing costs.

For a clue to why California is losing its allure as a place to settle down, just ask Jennifer McCluer, who moved out of California in 2007 after she obtained her license in skin care.

Unable to afford Orange County’s sky-high rents, she opted for Portland, Ore. “A big motivator was that I lived with roommate after roommate after roommate,” said McCluer, 30. “Friends said you could probably live on your own up here. The rent was a huge deal for me.”

McCluer would like to move back, but it’s still too expensive. “It’s really difficult,” McCluer said. “I’ve given myself 11/2 to two years to save money.”

Recent census figures show the state is losing more Californians like McCluer than it is attracting from other parts of the U.S. And the trend toward out-migration is looking less like a blip than a long-term condition.

The proportion of Californians who had moved here from out of state reached a 100-year low of about 20% in 2010, and the decade measured by the most recent census was the first in a century in which the majority of Californians were native-born.

The demographics of California today more closely resemble those of 1900 than of 1950: It is a mostly home-grown population, whose future depends on the children of immigrants and their children, said William Frey, a demographer and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

“We used to say California, here we come,” said Frey. “That now has flipped.” Continue reading this article

Mexico: Majority of Women Experience Gender Violence

In all the stress about the border, Americans sometimes forget how backward Mexican society is, particularly in terms of its aversion to education and fondness for crime.

Another area of retro is Mexico’s wretched treatment of women. A few years ago, Mexico City instituted a fleet of women-only buses because Mexican men’s public abuse of women could not be curbed by a campaign urging respect. Even the New York Times noticed: On Single-Sex Buses, Relief From Unwanted Contact.

Below, women appreciate public transportation without sexual harassment on no-men buses in Mexico City.

A recent report shows that harassment and violence against women is endemic throughout Mexican society.

The Pew Hispanic Center reported, “The current Mexican share of all foreign born living in the U.S. — 32% — is the highest concentration of immigrants to the U.S. from a single country since the late 19th century.” The presence of those 13+ million Mexicans is absolutely detrimental for the cause of women’s safety and equality in this country. In fact, it would be hard to choose a worse group of immigrants for America to admit.

6 In every 10 Mexican women victims of violence, rights panel says, MENAFN News, Nov 26, 2011

Six out of every 10 Mexican women over the age of 15 have been the victims of gender violence that has left them with physical and mental traumas, among other ill effects, Mexico’s independent National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said.

As part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the CNDH said Friday that to help end gender violence it is currently preparing a diagnosis of femicides and other vicious crimes against Mexican women.

Other effects of gender violence include “sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies and births, educational and social backwardness, poverty and economic dependence, unequal distribution of food in the home, as well as inequality in the workplace and the professions,” the organization said. Continue reading this article

Advertisers Retreat from Muslim TV Whitewash

Good news is hard to come by these days in the twisted world of diversity, but the following story is a genuine smile-maker. Advertisers have been pulling out of the obnoxious Islam propaganda show “All-American Muslim” which is broadcast on The Learning Channel (TLC) as a result of objections from viewers. (See my earlier remarks Dearbornistan Muslims Get Their Own Cable TV Show.)

The liberal media has swallowed whole the Islamic pose of victimhood, despite years of religion-based terror attacks, honor killings, direct declarations of hostility toward Western values and the frightening effects of decades of Muslim immigration in Europe. The TLC example represents an escalation in America of propaganda efforts.

But even the powerful media machine cannot cover up evil entirely, try though it may. The frequent murders and terror attacks in the name of Allah become hard to disguise after a while.

In the case of the TLC divers-a-thon, viewers responded negatively to what was clearly a biased account of Muslims residing in America that could have come from the Riyadh desk of CAIR.

Helpfully, the Florida Family Association sent members and friends an explanatory article about the show and asked them to contact sponsors with words of disapproval, which appears to have had the desired effect.

Below, TLC has portrayed Muslims residing in America as wholesome, cheerful and very concerned with hijab styles.

Advertisers fleeing ‘All-American Muslim’ ‘propaganda’, World Net Daily, November 22, 2011

“All-American Muslim,” a new program on The Learning Channel that is being touted as a “powerful series” that carries viewers “inside the rarely seen world of American Muslims,” is being dropped by advertisers.

Critics say the program is nothing more than video jihad propaganda, and the Florida Family Association says it is contacting companies whose advertising appears on the show to ask them to quit. So far, 18 of 20 companies contacted have done so, the group said.

The organization said that among the companies that initially supported the program, but later did not have any advertising aired, were Airborne Vitamin, Amway, Diamond Foods, Dyson Vacuum, Estee Lauder, HTC Phones, Home Depot, McDonald’s, Petsmart, Pfizer, Sears, Sonic, T-Mobil and Wal-Mart.

The Florida group said it sent out an email alert to constituents only a week ago, who then contacted the sponsors.

“The Learning Channel’s new show ‘All-American Muslim’ is propaganda clearly designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Shariah law,” the organization’s report on its work said. “The show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish.”

The association cited a “troubling scene” in which a Muslim police officer stated, “I really am American. No ifs, ands or buts about it.”

“This scene would appear to be damage control for the Dearborn [Mich.] police who have arrested numerous Christians including several former Muslims for peacefully preaching Christianity,” the association report said.

“Dearborn police falsely arrested Nabeel Qureshi and Paul Rezkalla in 2010 and Sudanese Christian Pastor George Saieg in 2009 for preaching Christianity at the annual Arab International Festival,” the report said.

The association’s suggested message from consumers to sponsors said the show is trying to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and Shariah, which is Islamic religious law.

The report said Dearborn, the site of the biggest mosque in North America, is one of the most densely populated Muslim communities in the United States. In recent years, it has gained national attention for taking a pro-Muslim stance and for the arrest and intimidation of Christian evangelists for engaging in protected speech activity, the report said.

The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm, has handled several legal disputes over the arrests of those individuals.

“But Americans aren’t suspicious of Muslims who are trying to get married, open clubs, and play football. Americans are suspicious of Muslims who are trying to blow up American buildings, subvert American freedoms, and assert the primacy of Islamic law over American law. The problem people have with Islam is not with every Muslim person. It is with Islam’s teachings of violence against and the subjugation of unbelievers. It is with the supremacist ideology and the fervent believers in those noxious doctrines of warfare and subjugation,” the report said….

Romney Mailer Promotes Enforcement

Apparently candidate Romney has figured out that the American people want immigration to be legal and controlled, with no rewards for lawbreaking. (It’s disappointing that other major Republicans like Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are clearly riding the hispander amnesty train.)

A recent mailer from Romney’s Iowa campaign has a more acceptable message, one of workplace and border enforcement:

It was an Iowa Senator, Charles Grassley, who said about immigration anarchy: “If you reward illegality, you only get more of it,” a statement which may well reflect Midwestern common sense, to which Romney is appealing.

Romney mailer in Iowa: Strongest to beat Obama and end illegal immigration, Des Moines Register, November 27, 2011

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has several mailers in Iowa that talk up his electability and prowess on various issues – his first batch of campaign advertising here this election cycle.

One that arrived in Iowa mailboxes Saturday stresses his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, as The Des Moines Register first reported.

Another touches on illegal immigration, a problem that Iowa conservatives feel strongly about.

The touchy topic hurt rival GOP candidate Rick Perry when he said during the Sept. 22 GOP debate that critics of his Texas law granting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants don’t “have a heart.” Perry, the governor of Texas, later apologized.

And the issue resurfaced in headlines in the past week when candidate Newt Gingrich said during the Nov. 22 debate that “I’m prepared to take the heat for saying let’s be humane” and allow some illegal immigrants to stay legally in the United States. Iowa conservatives are wrestling over whether that would be amnesty or not. Gingrich says it’s not – because they wouldn’t get citizenship, but a “path to legality.”

Romney’s mailer says:

Against taxpayer-funded benefits. As governor, vetoed in-state tuition benefits and opposed driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

Ensure employers can confirm legal status of employees. Supports a tamper-proof system to ensure employers can confirm the legal status of employees.

Secure the border. Supports building a border fence to stop illegal immigration at its source. As governor, authorized state police to enforce immigration laws.

Even Refugee Do-Gooders Get the Blues

The New York Times reports that a stalwart refugee welcomer, the mayor of Manchester NH, is getting tuckered out with the flood of newbies with the gimmes. After taking in more than 2100 Somali, Sudanese and other diverse refugees into the city (pop. 109,000) in the last decade, Mayor Ted Gatsas wants to call a time-out.

He doesn’t want refugees to stop coming forever. He’s just tired. . . kind of like Lili von Schtupp in Blazing Saddles.

The Times takes pains to note that refugees are legal immigrants, and the mayor is not one of those crazed xenophobes who think there oughta be a limit somewhere.

Interestingly, Mayor Gatsas was complaining in March of 2010 about problems the city had with refugees, so this story is not entirely new news. (See Refugee Resettlement Watch’s report: Manchester, NH mayor wants refugee agency to consult with local government.)

Below, Bhutanese refugees receive instruction about how to put free comestibles into boxes at the Manchester food bank.

After Taking In Refugees for Years, a New Hampshire City Asks for a Pause, New York Times, November 26, 2011

MANCHESTER, N.H. — This city has long been a resettlement site for refugees, sent here by the State Department for a chance at a better life. More than 60 languages are spoken in the school system, with Somalis, Sudanese, Iraqis and other recent arrivals mixing with children whose ancestors came from Quebec to work in the mighty textile mills along the Merrimack River.

But this year, after decades of taking in refugees, Manchester said, “Enough.”

In a highly unusual move, Mayor Ted Gatsas and the city’s Board of Aldermen asked the State Department in July to halt resettlements here for now. A tide of more than 2,100 refugees over the last decade — most recently, Bhutanese families coming from camps in Nepal — has been more than the city of 109,500 can assure jobs and decent housing for, Mr. Gatsas said.

“We’re just saying, ‘Let us catch our breath,’ ” he said last week in an interview at City Hall. “This is about giving people the opportunity for a better life, and until I can get that person working and gainfully employed and getting to learn the language, I can’t do that.”

The mayor, a Republican who just won a second term, says he has nothing against refugees. His problem is with the International Institute of New England, a nonprofit agency based in Boston that brings them to Manchester and helps them adjust for several months, providing cash and other assistance. Continue reading this article

Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn Hope for Improved Free Speech in Canada

In the video below, broadcaster Ezra Levant and author Mark Steyn discussed the possibility that Canada might reform its “hate speech” laws that make criticism of Islam illegal. Steyn was put on trial for thought crimes, aka “flagrant Islamophobia,” in Canada a few years ago, and Levant similarly felt the wrath of the censors for publishing the Danish Mohammed cartoons that riled up sensitive Muslims.

The two also analyzed Obama’s backwards energy policy that rewards America’s enemies and gives the cold shoulder to friends, specifically Canada by the shelving of the proposed oil pipeline.

Newt’s Well Deserved Bashing Continues

It’s reassuring that Newt Gingrich’s step into the cowpie of “humane” immigration in the recent debate has caused a firestorm with legs. (A Google News search two days after the debate in question for Gingrich Immigration got 2260 hits.)

He may have thought he was making a clever move into a general-election-style campaign, but he has to win conservative primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina first.

Newt Gingrich is surely an unashamed practitioner of the straw-man argument, conjuring up an absurd family-splitting scenario that sounds like memo from La Raza:

Debate Transcript, Nov. 22

“If you’ve been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out.”

Of course, there is no such plan to deport millions, nor will there be. Even we strict pro-sovereignty types don’t want the government to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to deport the whole invasive bunch. They can leave the same way they came, on their own dime, after America has become sufficiently unwelcoming toward their unwanted job-thieving presence. And they can take their meal-ticket jackpot babies with them — family values are saved in my plan.

Incidentally, any alien who has lived unlawfully in this country for 25 years doesn’t need papers from Washington to survive. He probably has a handful of fake ID cards and stolen Social Security numbers ripped off from honest citizens. Why confuse him now?

Gingrich apparently sees himself as a brilliant political strategist who can craft conservative policies that will nevertheless attract Mexicans and other Latin Americans who come from a culture where big government is preferred.

A popular idea among delusional Republicans is that hispanics’ family values make them natural conservatives. However, that view doesn’t fit well with a latino illegitimacy rate of 53.3 percent in 2010. Plus Mexican men seem quite willing to leave the wife and kiddies behind in the dear homeland, even though psychology informs us that a poor intact family is better for children than a split-up family with more cash.

Newt would do better to remember that Mexicans are marxicans.

Furthermore, did a pro-amnesty position help the Republican candidate in a recent election? Not so much, judging by Sen John McCain’s miserable showing among hispanics in 2008. He promised an amnesty the first day of his Presidency during the campaign, yet even that extreme level of hispandering garnered him only 31 percent of the hispanic vote, according to Pew Hispanic Center.

Newt thinks he can do better, but his whole history of pandering outreach — from championing Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico as a state to his bilingual website espousing “conservative” values (cultural treason, IMO) — hasn’t made him a star among the raza bunch.

Congresswoman Bachman remains one of the better explainers of the issue, and said Gingrich “probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates” on the PBS Newshour November 23.

Illegal Alien Child Killer Sentenced in Albuquerque

On Halloween night 2005, illegal alien Israel Diaz climbed through the bedroom window of 11-year-old Victoria Sandoval (pictured) in Albuquerque, then raped and murdered her. Her body was found the following morning by her grandmother.

Diaz was sentenced Tuesday to 59 years in prison.

It’s been a particularly hard road to justice for the family. A mentally retarded man confessed to the murder and went through a whole trial. But Diaz was arrested for burglary around that time, where his DNA was taken which matched up with the Sandoval killing. So the family had to endure two trials to reach a conviction of the guilty Mexican.

The family is reportedly satisfied with the sentence, but given that New Mexico does not have the death penalty, life without parole seems more appropriate for such a heinous crime.

Family glad child’s killer is in jail, KRQE Ch 13 News Albuquerque, November 22 2011

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s been a long wait for the family of Victoria Sandoval, the Albuquerque child who was raped and murdered in 2005.

Israel Diaz climbed through the 11-year-old girl’s bedroom window on Halloween night and then attacked.

The Sandoval family’s nightmare began the next morning when Victoria’s grandmother went into the girl’s room and found the child’s lifeless body.

“I’ve waited six years, and I got what I wanted,” said Clara Tenna, Victoria’s grandmother. She said she’s finally feeling some closure knowing that the man who killed Victoria won’t be able to hurt anyone else for a long time.

“I did not want him out in the street, there’s too many children out there,” said Tenna. Continue reading this article

GAO Report: Illegal Aliens Cause Some Border Fires

Last June, Senator McCain was surprised at criticism he received from his pals in La Raza for observing the cause of some Arizona wildfires. See Senator McCain Notes Illegal Alien Arsonists for more.

Now the General Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a report which vindicates McCain’s remarks. The study is available online: Federal Agencies Could Better Utilize Law Enforcement Resources in Support of Wildland Fire Management Activities.

The Summary begins: “Wildland fires can result from both natural and human causes. Human-caused wildland fires are of particular concern in Arizona–especially within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border because this is a primary area of entry for illegal border crossers and GAO has previously reported that illegal border crossers have been suspected of igniting wildland fires.”

Of course, anyone who follows border crime knows that illegals and drug smugglers often set fires intentionally for various reasons, from distracting police to setting signal fires when the invaders get lost and want to be rescued.

Disastrous wildland fires, which destroy homes and can kill, are yet another reason why the border needs serious attention such as a military presence, which would be easy given the recent withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan. Wouldn’t it be great for American soldiers to be protecting America for a change!?

Report Links Wildfires to Illegal Immigrants:

Report Links Wildfires to Illegal Immigrants, Associated Press, November 22, 2011

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – A study by Congress’ investigative arm shows investigators have linked 30 fires that erupted in a five-year period in Arizona’s border region to people who crossed into the United States illegally — a finding Sen. John McCain says backs up earlier statements he made about illegal immigrants and wildfires.

McCain said this year that fires are sometimes caused by illegal border crossers, but did not specify to which fires he was referring as blazes scorched the southern and eastern parts of the state. The statements quickly drew criticism from activists who jumped on him for “scapegoating.”

McCain and fellow Republicans framed the debate over his statements as a distraction.

“I hope this report is a lesson to the activists and public officials that would prefer to engage in partisan character attacks rather than focus the discussion on the vital need to secure our southern border,” McCain said Tuesday.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office report was released by McCain’s office Tuesday, and came at the request of the senator and fellow Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jon Kyl of Arizona, in July 2010. Continue reading this article