Joe Arpaio Jumps on John McCain's "Illegals Started Wildfires" Train; Will Question Captured Immigrants About Fires

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be more aggressive when it comes to questioning illegal immigrants about wildfires, echoing Senator John McCain's baseless claim that immigrants started fires currently burning in southern Arizona.

Arpaio made the announcement in a press release this afternoon. New Times, however, did not get a copy of the press release, and was flat-out ignored when we asked for one. Perhaps the MCSO didn't like our earlier critique of Arpaio's "exceptional" year.

ABC 15 got a copy, and reports the following:

Deputies arrested 20 immigrants as they made their way through Maricopa County Wednesday morning.

All were reportedly from Mexico and said they were headed to locations in Texas, Tennessee, and New York state.

They all entered the border near where the fires are burning in southeast Arizona, according to the news release.

"It's a long shot I know," Arpaio said. "But since we already gather information from them about their U.S. entry points and travelling routes and methods, this is simply one more area of intelligence to explore that may help us to determine the origins of these fires."

Chances are, hounding illegal immigrants about wildfires won't determine the fire's origin. It will, however, appeal to the brown-bashing voters who keep electing this guy -- and continuously turn a blind eye to the millions of dollars of their money he pisses away.

In any event, it seems Mexico's in need of a new national anthem -- courtesy of Billy Joel.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.