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Petitioning Senator John McCain

Senator McCain: Stop Fanning the Flames of Racism in AZ and Apologize Now

Once upon a time, Arizona Senator John McCain held a reasonable and nuanced position on immigration -- oh how times change. Still, Senator McCain, a veteran legislator, should know better than to fan the ugly flames of anti-immigrant sentiment in Arizona, of all places. 

Sen. McCain must apologize immediately for his recent comments stating that there was “substantial evidence” that the recent wildfires blazing throughout Arizona may have been sparked by "illegal immigrants."  U.S. Forest Service officials flatly deny this, saying there’s no evidence to support this. Last year McCain came under fire for stating that immigrants were intentionally causing accidents on the freeway. Sen. McCain may be trying to score political points, but he is also playing with fire.

This kind of incendiary rhetoric is dangerous, irresponsible, and simply unacceptable, at a time when hate crimes against those perceived as immigrants are on the rise nationally and tensions are at an all-time high in Arizona.

Please sign the petition asking Senator McCain to bow to the U.S. Forest Service evidence, apologize, and retract his incendiary statement immediately. Say no to fanning the flames of racism in Arizona.

Letter to
Senator John McCain
I call on you to publicly apologize, without further delay, for your recent comments blaming immigrants for the wildfires blazing in Arizona. So far, your "puzzlement" and attempts to clarify have done nothing to acknowledge how damaging these kind of comments can be or set the record straight.

This kind of incendiary rhetoric is dangerous, irresponsible, and simply unacceptable, at a time when hate crimes against those perceived as immigrants are on the rise nationally and tensions are at an all-time high in Arizona. Furthermore, the U.S. Forest Service officials flatly deny your assertion, saying there’s no evidence to support it. You may have meant no harm in saying this, but if so, you should apologize immediately.

Once upon a time, Senator, you held a reasonable position on immigration. Now, I am calling on you to remember your values. Please stop politicizing this issue and apologize for fanning the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment in Arizona.

Thank you,