March 27th, 2013
07:13 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain watches woman scale border wall during visit

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain glimpsed the gritty reality of life on the United States-Mexico border Wednesday when a woman attempted to climb an 18 foot fence near where he and fellow senators were surveying the barrier wall.



McCain visited Nogales, Arizona, Wednesday to tour parts of the border as lawmakers continue to prepare comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the House and Senate.

Filed under: Immigration • John McCain
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Happens every day. Every single day.

    March 27, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Pander Bear

    Which of course means that the constant screaming about building a border fence is completely stupid. But John doesn't get irony.

    March 27, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Concerned citizen

    Go, retire, Mc whatever; take your friend Lindsey with you!

    March 27, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. king

    come on folks we could do better on the walls, hey how about putting some barbed wire, and have signs in Spanish saying that the fence is electrified, this will make folks think twice about scaling the fence. hey know that these things can be done easily and quickly and get on with imigration reforms so that these folks can pay the government money to help rebuild this country and stop finding excuses not to get this thing done.

    March 27, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. Steve- Illinois

    McCain needs to retire. These career politicians got us here, and have no idea how to fix it.

    March 27, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Getoverit

    I say let her in. That's another vote for Democrats.

    March 27, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein

    There is an example of the government doing its job. Will there always be people trying to get into this country (and others), I think that is always going to happen. Do we need better ways rules about who can get into this country legitimately? I think so, but we also need to make sure that anyone who violates the law has to pay a price for that.

    March 27, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. John

    Doesn't this just prove that a really tall fence and simply be climbed over? It's not a solution to immigration reform.

    March 27, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. helenecha

    Hah ..., this woman is much smarter than the bookish ones.

    March 27, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Yup, these people are scaling these walls because life is such a dream in Mexico...

    March 28, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  11. Stee Wilson

    Build a TALLER wall.

    March 28, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  12. RightArmOfFreedom

    Who cares if they apprehended her, they are just going to release her just like Obama did the others and she will go get on welfare and foot stamps and we will raise her children and ensure she drives a nice Escalade or Navigator. Viva entitlements!

    March 28, 2013 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  13. RightArmOfFreedom

    Add another to food stamp and welfare list.

    March 28, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  14. Obama2012

    It was staged. The woman probably got paid to do that.

    March 28, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  15. Ken

    McCain has become an old clown.

    March 28, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  16. Rob

    And Obama says we have a secure border. Wonder if it is even possible for him to tell the truth. Seems America's security is less important than him getting votes. Case in point, He's traveling to Calif this week for fund raisers. Of course We The People pick up the tab. Thought his election days were over but since all he's good at is campaigning and spending money, why should we expect any different

    March 28, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  17. TomInRochNY

    She just wanted your autograph, John.

    March 28, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  18. Richard Long

    So we want to reward people who blatantly break the law?

    March 28, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  19. clarke

    Did he just watch her or did he also report it?

    March 28, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  20. g

    walls are just another money scam-send the mexican goverment a bill for 100,000 a head or stop trade with them -problem would go away in a couple months

    March 28, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Right in front of the "esteemed" senator.... pardon me while I roflmao!!!!

    March 28, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  22. v_mag

    McCain: "incident is another reminder that threats to our border security are real"
    No doubt there are threats to our border security, Mr. McSame, but a woman scaling a fence to try and find a new life is not one of them. It is an example of how we try to put a band aid on our boo-boos rather than really fix the root causes.

    For a century or more, the U.S. has fostered dictatorship and poverty in Latin America to help American corporations get rich, forcing the poor in those countries to try desperate measures like scaling 18' walls. Until we help Latin America become livable to its people, we will continue to see courageous men and women throw themselves against our walls.

    March 28, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |