April 19th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
8 years ago

Arizona senators call for stronger security on border with Mexico

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl called Monday for the immediate deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico.

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl called Monday for the immediate deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico.

Washington (CNN) - Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, both Republicans from Arizona, called Monday for the immediate deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops to the state's border with Mexico and other steps to increase security.

Illegal aliens crossing the border into Arizona from Mexico were causing a spike in crime and other problems that needed immediate attention, said Kyl and McCain at a news conference with two Arizona sheriffs.

"The situation has spiraled out of control," McCain said, noting that 17 percent of those caught trying to illegally enter Arizona from Mexico had U.S. criminal records.

McCain and Kyl repeated a past call for 3,000 National Guard troops to be sent to the border right away, along with federal funding for another 3,000 U.S. Customs and Border agents to be deployed along the Arizona-Mexico border by 2015.

In addition, their 10-point plan calls for a double-row border fence, increased mobile surveillance of the border region, more federal funding and hardship duty pay for border patrol agents in the most dangerous areas.

"You can't live in Arizona and not have this problem every day," Kyl said. "People are fed up."

Filed under: Immigration • John McCain • Jon Kyl
soundoff (93 Responses)

    Where's he going to get the National Guard from, bring them home from Iraq? John, where do you want them? You voted time and time again to send to Iraq and you got your way, now you want them to come home and protect you in AZ. Make up mind old man, they can't be in two places at one time.

    April 19, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Layla

    It's ABOUT TIME! What have you been waiting for.....the Mexican drug war to spill into our streets?

    April 19, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Layla

    Wow, must be lots of unemployed Dems because they are all posting here today! Just listen to the hate mail!

    April 19, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Fitz in Texas

    Now he worries about it? Time for McCain to be voted out and Hayworth to be voted in.

    April 19, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Layla

    I'm no McCain fan, but nobody posting here is fit to shine your shoes, Senator.

    Whether or not he is reelected, Sen. John McCain has done more for his country than ANY of you lazy slobs posting here.

    Don't know any facts, so you slander everybody everytime you open your mouths.

    April 19, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. PT

    Mr McCain....your people have guns! Plan to keep them no matter what... Have their own time zone...
    Want to secede from US...
    "Arizona House panel OKs bill to secede from union
    Would kick in if U.S. declared martial law or confiscated guns"
    You just want to boss the Guard around...remember You like to FIGHT! I see a pattern here!

    April 19, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. normajean

    I would have thought that John McCain ,govenor of Arizona would have actively kept the illegal s from crossing into Arizona during the Bush administration.This is not a new problem and he has been in charge for many years and now when we have so many problems, he wants help..

    April 19, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Independent One

    McCain truly needs to retire

    April 19, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. mickey

    nobody is against legal immigration what the people of this country are disgusted about is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.now there is a lot of violence on the southern border states and people like MCCAINwants to do something about the invasion.where was he for the past ten years?vote him out get someone in their that wants to help AMERICA and not turn their back on ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    April 19, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Rick in AZ

    To a great extent the Republican party in AZ including McCain and Kyl are responsible for the illegal immigration problem here. AZ is a right to work (starve) state. No Unions need apply. The building trades are saturated with Mexican workers who are illegal. Perhaps if Union membership were allowed, the Timber Framers, Cement Finishers, Roofers, Bricklayers and all the others would be able to keep out workers who are not here legally. The Republicans cling to their ideology even when it devistates AZ.

    April 19, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Michael

    Now let's see if these gentlemen will do anything to limit & regulate gun shows; after all, they are the main source of the weapons used by Mexican criminals.
    Any other measures are just posturing.

    April 19, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. NotFooledTX

    More shilling from the bitter old man. Where were his concerns over the last 10 years when he remained silent?

    McCain is just a bitter sore loser who's credibility was shot with his vp selection in the last election. He's nothing but an old fool now.

    April 19, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Testify

    ahhhhhhh....Poor JR had a bad experience with a Zonie....ahhhhh

    April 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. worriedmom

    What do you people not understand about the word "Illegal". We need to protect our borders, innocent people are being killed. How many people have to be killed before some of you idiots realize we have a problem here. As i have said many times, if you really want to be an American citizen, you should be required to serve in the military for a minium of 4 years. That would prove if you really love this country. Also you must be required to speak English!

    We could actually save money from people entering and then being given free medical, food stamps, welfare, anything they need and taking away American jobs.

    April 19, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. SJ

    AMEN!! Basic to having national borders...protect them or get rid of them...pick one and DO IT!!!

    April 19, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. miken

    Wow – this story really brought out all the far-left loonies. They would sell out our country to illegal aliens – what do they hope to gain?

    April 19, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Rob

    Its about time we get some troops down there!
    I wish we could do the same in Calif. ! I'm tired of all of the long lines
    in Wal-Mart ! They greet you in spanish and ring up your purchase
    in Spanish, then they have the nerve to get mad if you
    don't reply to them in spanish ! I've had enough of this !!
    Lets close our borders or put up electric fences !
    We need more control of our borders !!!

    April 19, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. worriedmom

    People who immigrated years ago were required to speak english, take citizenship after so many years.
    Grow up

    April 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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