McCain’s Election Year Attempt to Close Gaping Holes in Border SecurityQuestioned by Hayworth
U.S. Senate candidateJ.D. Hayworth(R-Arizona), says border security or a lack there of has been brewing for years.The most recent firestorm was set off by the shooting death of Rob Krentz,a lifelong rancher in Southeastern Arizona.
According to Hayworth it is the Federal Government’s responsibility to secure the U.S. border.
U.S. Senator John McCainand the Washington establishment have failed miserably in this endeavor.
In the Senate hearing on Feb 24thregardingThe Homeland Security Department’sBudget Submission for Fiscal Year 2011,Sen. McCainhad the opportunity to challengeHomeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitanoabout border security but failed to do so.McCain and Napolitano merely discussed the “potential of drug related violence spilling over our borders.”
Hayworth said, at this hearingJohn McCainhad the opportunity to call for more troops on the border but failed to do so.
At this same hearing, McCain had the opportunity to call for more funding and failed to do so.
And at the hearing, he had the opportunity to call for the continuation of construction on the border fence and failed to do so.
In fact at this hearing McCain said, “This border fence issue has been a waste of billions of dollars.”
Only as a reaction to the shooting death of Mr. Krentz, did McCain pen a letter to Secretary Napolitano for troops on the border.And now in an election year conversion, McCain commented to KPNX Channel 12 Phoenix, that he is now calling for the building of a fence, the installation of a virtual fence, increased surveillance as they have in Iraq, and as many troops as are available.
Hayworth said unfortunately there are two gaping holes in McCain’s new found advocacy for border enforcement – specifically truth and timing.
McCain has been an unabashed advocate for amnesty. Five years ago he failed to endorse my “Enforcement First Act” while I was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives preferring instead to introduce his ill advisedamnesty billco-sponsored by the lateSenator Ted Kennedy.
Arizonans will not be fooled by the Senator’s election year posturing.