HAYWORTH CALLS McCAIN'S BORDER PLAN
"ELECTION YEAR GIMMICK"
Phoenix, AZ (April 19) - J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), candidate for United States Senate, said today he did not trust Sen. John McCain's last minute change in position on illegal immigration.
"Five years ago, I introduced the 'Enforcement First Act' in the U.S. House of Representatives," Hayworth said. "Had McCain supported my efforts in 2005 to secure the U.S. border, rather than stubbornly support amnesty, we would not be trying to apply quick fixes today."
"This is shameful, election-year politics," Chris Simcox, co-founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps said. "For almost three decades McCain had the office and the opportunity to help close the borders to illegal aliens and he did nothing."
In fact three years ago when McCain was not facing voters for re-election he worked hard to legalize illegal aliens through amnesty in his Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. Simcox further noted that in a March, 2003 southern Arizona border tour attended by McCain, the American Border Patrol demanded provisions similar to what McCain recommended today.
"It is unfortunate that it took the tragic death of a respected Arizona rancher to invoke action by McCain. I am saddened to think that had McCain implemented our recommendation in 2003, drug cartels would not own the border today.
"It seems that with a tough election on his hands, McCain is trying to hood-wink the voters, ignore his own record and if re-elected return to his pattern of putting Washington first and Arizona second," Simcox said.
"I know Arizonans will see this latest plan for what it is - political gamesmanship," Hayworth said. "McCain keeps trying to invoke 'amnesty amnesia' in Arizona voters. But the sad reality is that McCain has failed Arizonans by waiting so long to work towards real measures to secure our border."
Hayworth's commitment to secure the borders is well known and documented in his book, Whatever it Takes. It is because of his long standing focus on border security that in early March, the National Border Patrol Council local 2544 endorsed J.D. Hayworth over McCain.
"Arizonans have long desired, and long deserved, to have a secure southern border. McCain's effort today is born of political convenience - driven by his need for personal political gain," Hayworth concluded.