April 19th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
5 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)
  1. Operation Crush Rush

    Where were you John when Bush let them in by the thousands?

    April 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Give McCain a gun and put him on guard there. Maybe he won't shoot himself in the foot.

    VOTE THE OLD FOOL OUT. COME ON AZ - HE DEMENTED AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED.

    April 19, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. ray

    lets get this straight, the people who are crying we want back our country, the people who wants this country to be an all white country, the people who dont like immigrants , the people who dont like any people who are darker than them and most of all the people who stole this country from the real americans, the people who raped, murder, the people who burnt down the homes of the real americans are now crying they dont want any more immigrants in this country.mmmmmmm i wonder, how about all the white people go back to europe ,this is a nice time to pack up and go back to europe,

    April 19, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Mesa Mick

    Where are the Mexicans in all this? Why aren't they putting troops on their side of the border to help stop the illegal immigrants?

    And what about TX, CA, and NM – Why aren't they demanding that their govs put National Guard people along the border to patrol it as well?

    Is AZ the only state that's taking matters into it's own hands while the politicians in DC "debate" what to do?

    April 19, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. AndyBlue

    NOW john McCain asks for more security??? It seems the concern didnt exist when Bush was in office.

    Where was John McCain then?

    Just retire old man. You contradict yourself.

    April 19, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. anonimoose1

    Pull all the troops out of the middle east, and have them patrol the entire border between Mexico and the US. This constant and growing infiltration of illegals is a greater threat to this country's security and well being than anything going on in Iraq or Iran.

    April 19, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Jeff in Virginia

    I know..

    Lets give a multi-billion dollar contract to Boeing for a "digital fence" that will "keep the border safe."

    Oh wait. We already did that. It failed. Miserably.

    Somebody please teach McCain some new tricks.

    April 19, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Stacie

    The National Guard? Isn't that just big government.

    April 19, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Ben in Texas

    All the time Arizona was booming, facilitated by Mexican immigrant labor, you heard all those politicians bragging about the growth. When the growth stopped, those same politicians looked around and noticed, "Hey, there are Mexicans here!"

    Their message seems to be, "We don't need you anymore. Go home." Could hypocrisy be more blatant?

    April 19, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    The entire country should be all over the US government, about stopping the illegal immigration problem.

    Every state, should pass their own laws to make it tough on illegal immigrants.

    Every law enforcement agency, should be enforcing immigration law.

    Law is law. Stop ignoring it, because you don't want to deal with it.

    April 19, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Hey, I've got a great idea. Let's build a big wall on the border. We could do it really inexpensively by hiring illegals to do all the work! Have a nice day!

    April 19, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. hobart

    Why was this not addressed on President Bush's watch? Could it be that Republicans are soft on security?

    April 19, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. katiec

    Hey CNN, Is there a Democrat running in AZ?? Does he have a point of view on anything?? Any ideas, plans, policies other than the radical, hypocritical, irresponsible rantings of the republican candidates??
    Are your republicans running unopposed??
    Must notvbe as never a whisper from you on anyone other than your radical right.

    April 19, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Why all of a sudden the call for immediate action. Arizona knows that this has been a growing problem. Why are they just now suggesting this? Since these 2 senators are so worried about the border, why not suggest the same for Texas and all other border states. This sounds like a republican tactis to distract the public from the Wall St. Refom debate.

    April 19, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Mr. Zippy

    Well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well... John McCain, you rotten quisling... a day late and a dollar short. Your soft stance on the illegal problem is finally coming home to roost, and the public knows exactly who to blame.

    April 19, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. crook

    How come it is only now that this old crook, liar, cheater, corrupt and straight theft express McCain calls for tighter border crossing security to prevent illegal entry? He kept his mouth shut and took no action for the last 30 years and did nothing. Go home.

    April 19, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. JR

    As Arizona drives headlong into becoming a police state, maybe we should put national guard troops on their borders to keep the Zonies penned up.

    April 19, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Tesitfy

    That is crazy. I can expect that from Kyle, but MCcain? what is the matter with you? Sounds like a mid term election move. Poor MC cant take a good stand and stick with who he really is.

    April 19, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. shooter

    This old crook, liar, cheater, straight theft express have been sleeping on the job for the last 25 years in the US Senate. Now he opens his eyes and mouth trying to stop the illegal Mexican to enter Arizona. As the results if this stupid action, there are now over 30 million illegal aliens in the US soil.

    April 19, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Tesitfy

    MCcain I will still vote for you come Nov. We need to keep that wacko Heyworth out of politics. He is bad for the state and bad for the country.

    April 19, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. ronalde

    sorry john to little to late you shouldn't have had sara campain for you,your toast after you lose you and cheny can go down and guard the border since you like guns so much.

    April 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. PREDICTA

    Violence on the border has now reach unprecedented high levels to the point where it's spilling over into US towns and innocent Americans are now dying. Time to tighten up the border and get some security down there. It's no joke anymore.

    April 19, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Poor old McCain, just go home and take a nice nap!

    April 19, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Bonnie in Seattle

    Hmmmm the National Guard....you mean those folks that are fighting the war George W. started in Iraq, you mean that National Guard? The National Guard that is suppose to stay in the US and protect this country, that National Guard? John, you let Georgie take those folks away for that useless war that has cost thousands of American lives.

    April 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Aaron Powell

    Why is anybody even still listening to John McCain? I lost all respect for him after he made his VP pick. He is old and obviously does not have the mental capacity to make sound judgements. He is out of touch with the American people. I hope they vote him out of office...he doesn't deserve it anymore. He's yesterday's news.

    April 19, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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