Arizona Heckler to McCain: 'Where's the Dang Fence?'

Town hall gets testy over immigration

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 20, 2013 10:27 AM CST

(Newser) – John McCain took a lot of heat at a pair of town hall meetings yesterday over his new push for immigration reform, with many angry Arizona residents telling him in turn that illegal immigrants should never become citizens, the AP reports. "Cut off their welfare and their stuff and they'll go back," said one man, in a particularly heated exchange caught on camera by AZCentral. He then threw McCain's 2010 campaign ad back in his face: "You said, 'Build the dang fence. Where's the fence?"

McCain replied by citing the money that had been spent to curb illegal immigration, and the progress that had been made. "There are 11 million people living here illegally," he said. "We are not going to get enough buses to deport them."

John McCain listens to a question during a town hall, Feb. 19, 2013, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
John McCain listens to a question during a town hall, Feb. 19, 2013, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
An audience member speaks to John McCain during a town hall, Feb. 19, 2013, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
An audience member speaks to John McCain during a town hall, Feb. 19, 2013, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
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John McCain confronts an angry constituent at a town hall meeting.   (Arizona Republic)

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