McCain Hits Napolitano on Illegal Border Spotters

Thursday, 05 May 2011 11:47 AM

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Arizona Sen. John McCain Wednesday went after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for failing to root out dozens of mountaintop “spotters” that help illegal immigrants sneak into his state along the Mexican border. He accused the Obama administration of deliberately failing to root out the practice, ABC News reported Thursday.

mccain,napolitano, mountaintop, spotters“There’s between 100 and 200 spotters sitting on mountains in southern Arizona, inside the borders of the Untied States of America, spotting for drug cartels who then get the drugs up to Phoenix,” McCain said angrily during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday. “We’re supposed to believe that the administration is serious about securing our borders? Well, I don’t think so.”

McCain accused Napolitano, a former governor of Arizona, of turning a blind eye to the impacts of illegal immigration along the border.

“Well, they are there, and everybody knows they’re there, and for you or your staff to deny that they’re there is sort of symptomatic to me of the lack of really recognition or appreciation of the problems that exist along our border,” McCain said.

Napolitano interjected: “Senator, with respect, there is no one who has spent more time working on this Arizona issue that I have over the past two years and we will continue..." McCain shot back.

"There is no one who has spent more time on the issue that I have, Madam Secretary – long before you were governor and you were Secretary. I am told from the law enforcement people from the sheriffs up to the U.S. attorney that there are between 100 and 200 spotters sitting on mountains in Arizona. And for you to dispute that is a big problem you have between yourself and them. And that should be clarified..."

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