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)
  1. Jay

    I hope that in the next life both of you, instead of living such privileged lives with quite a bit of money and power, come back to this planet as one of those poor people trying to cross into this country. One of those people who simply wants to do a labor job that most Americans would never take anyway so they can scrap barely enough money to put food on the table while you look at your starving children.

    I hope God gives you and everyone who hates those poor people the opportunity to experience what an unlucky life feels like.

    Because the blessed life you have this time has been used to screw everyone except the rich, which is what your Republican party solely is in existence for.

    April 19, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. walleye

    We dont need stronger security, more walls or more guards. What we DO NEED is an immigration law for the 21st Century that makes sense for all parties involved. Until that happens, nothing will change.

    April 19, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Sorry John but you sent all the National Guard to Iraq.....why don't you recruit 3000 of your gun totin Teabaggers to guard the border...in the 120 degree heat...

    April 19, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. will

    How you think it's gonna be paid for? The same way republicans always pay for things.. THE BLOOD OF YOUNG AMERICAN LIVES.

    April 19, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. The Calabash Kid

    We need to know who is entering the country. We need very tight border security. Using the National Guard is a stupid thought. The Guard was not intended to back up the Border Patrol. These Conservatives, typical of their breed, never want to pay for anything, they just want the benefits of it.

    If the border deserves to be protected, let's beef up the Border Patrol by increasing its budget. Let's not borrow money from China for it. Let's not move some poor Guardsman away from his family in Idaho and make him walk sentry duty in the Arizona desert. Let's increase their budget and tell them what we want them to do.

    All of you free-lunch Conservatives have to realize that things have to be paid for. If you voted for Reagan-Bush-Bush, then you voted to add $8.5 trillion to the national debt. One of these days, China is going to want that money back. I personally think we should have a tax surcharge on Conservatives who got us into this mess in the first place.

    April 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Mr Brown

    I hope he's learned a hobby

    April 19, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. jamill

    Regardless of what you all think of Senator McCain, the border issue remains. Slathering misspelled insults do not address that issue.

    April 19, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Jim in San Mateo

    But whose going to pay for it? Hmmm, I don' t see any Republicans stepping up to block this spending spree. As long as we keep buying drugs from Mexico and sending guns there by the hundreds, their innocent citizens are going to flee north. It's not rocket science.

    April 19, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Mark from Louisiana

    supertramp said
    "This old crook McCain is making $174,000 per year as a Senator, on top of that he enjoys free medical care and retirement benefits that are supported by all tax payer money. He also received social security payment and medicare. This old crook cost a lot on money and is a burden to all Americans. Lay him off, send him home and stop all free entitlement payments now."

    I'm all for that if you include food stamps, HUD housing, earned income tax credits, making babies pay income tax credits, welfare, etc. to the list of entitlements that will be stopped.

    April 19, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Glennis

    McCain's just trying his best to get re-elected. He's been one of the cheerleaders for amnesty so why the great concern about the porousness of the border now?? Idiot.

    April 19, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Now McCain's talking my kind of immigration reform– with lots of airborne lead for the hordes of "diverse" folks streaming across the border.

    April 19, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Kathy

    I live in Arizona, about 50 miles from the Mexican border. I do not agree with the political views of our two Senators. However, the situation on our border has become critical and it's right for our representatives to stand up and mandate that the federal government do something to ensure the safety of Americans. Residents homes have been burgalized by illegals and lives have been threatened. Recently, a rancher in the area was killed by illegals after offering them a drink of water. Reason? He also reported them to border patrol. How many more Americans residing in the border states of Arizona, NM, Calif and Texas must lose their lives before this is properly dealt with?

    April 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Jim In Miami

    It gets crazy around election time, doesn't it?

    April 19, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. John

    People here have been fed up for quite some time, nobody is listening, and I doubt anything will happen from this administration as well until more people die. Note that Phoenix just became the kidnapping capital of the country, and all caused by illegal alien gang members and the drug cartels preying on citizens, illegals, and their relatives. The days of only smiling farm-workers looking for work has long passed since the cartels have gained power. Nothing moves across the border without their say so... period.

    April 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    Meanwhile, our Golfer-in-Chief is missing in action yet again.

    FORE and out!!

    April 19, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Wisconsonite - Instead of taking your country back, help to move your country forward.

    PLEASE let John McCain lose his job in 2010! I know there are a lot of people who think he's this great war hero and he used to be a great political maverick, blah, blah, blah. I say he's nothing (and has never been anything) but an opportunistic wind-bag who will say and do ANYTHING that he thinks will get him elected!!

    April 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    Absolutely. We need to have our Military on the border with Mexico. The Cartels are no different than the Taliban or other Terrorist organizations. Its time we actually fight them on the same level that we do other Terrorist Organizations.

    We can have comprehensive immigration reform, AND protect our borders and our people on those borders from the Cartels that run drugs, weapons, and human trafficking.

    April 19, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Wisconsonite - Instead of taking your country back, help to move your country forward.

    What???? MORE big Government, John??? MORE spending that we can't afford, John?????? What do you REALLY stand for, John . . . do you even know????

    April 19, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. midwest liberal

    A hot button issue that inflicts a sense of fear in people living along the border with Mexico, and just in time for election season. I'm sure it's somehow Barack Obama's fault. How convenient.

    April 19, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Randy

    Whatever it takes to stop the scourge of illegal aliens from violating our border.

    April 19, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Greg

    As an AZ voter in the November elections I hope that McCain doesnt win..unfortunately this is a state that has repeatedly RE-elected Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and McCain's Republican primary challenge and possible democratic opponent won't be able to take away that broad support that McCain has here in this state Obama was close to winning the electorate and he ran one of the best political campaigns we've ever seen...I don't see that happening for any of McCain's potential replacements

    April 19, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. jim

    A little to late isn't John?

    April 19, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Blutarski

    ray-you are an idiot. You don't understand the definition of immigrant, versus the definition of illegal alien (i.e. criminal). You never define who "the people" are to which you refer. I am sure "the people" to which you are referring have no issues with immigrants, or people of different ethnic backgrounds. I believe "the people" are complaining about the murdering, drug dealing aliens who are killing by the thousands in their country of origin. These particular aliens do not migrate to this country for legitimate purposes. These particular foreign nationals enter this country in order to continue their criminal behavior. They terrorize the citizens of this country and cost taxpaying citizens millions of dollars.

    The second point you made which refers to the colonists who destroyed the culture of the native inhabitants when they settled North America may be valid, however, history can not be undone. If all the descendants of the Europeans who settled, founded, and created this nation and its wealth "packed up" and" went "back to europe", they would take their wealth and industry with them (europe should be capitalized by the way). There would be no industry, educational institutions, doctors, hospitals, airports, electricity, police, military, churches etc.

    April 19, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Blutarski

    Hey hobart, it was addressed on Bush's watch, legislated and voted on. Who is refusing to fund the wall? I'll give you a hint, who is in charge now?

    April 19, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. carlos

    did Luntz tell them to say that????????......I would not doubt it for a minuto because he writes ALL of their talking points, the poor gopluntzers cannot think for themselves

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