Sen. McCain baffled by negative reaction to comments accusing illegal immigrant of starting wild fires

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Sen. John McCain said today that he’s “not sure what all this controversy is about” surrounding his unsubstantiated claim that illegal immigrants caused some of the wildfires raging across eastern Arizona.

Cochise Co. “Sheriff Larry Dever will tell you that the Monument Fire was started when the park, the forest was closed. So anyone who was in there is illegal,” McCain said in an interview on “Good Morning America.”

McCain also said that his assessment — that there is “substantial evidence” illegal immigrants are responsible for “some of these fires” — was based on a briefing Saturday from a U.S. Forest Service official familiar with the investigation of the fires.

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