Watch: John McCain Says, "Immigrants are Crashing Cars on Purpose"

Since when is John McCain a hard line conservative Republican? Though he was once known as a "maverick" it looks like these days, McCain is drinking the right-wing Kool-aid (or maybe it's just too much tea time with Sarah Palin)? Either way, McCain took to Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor to address the incredibly stringent new immigration laws that were recently passed in Arizona.

About a week ago, local lawmakers passed a far reaching immigration bill which calls for any immigrant to carry alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's any reason to suspect that they are in the United States illegally (aka, look Latino).

"I'm Puerto Rican. I was born in Chicago, and my family has been U.S. citizens for generations," Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) told reporters at a press conference organized by Latino members of Congress urging Governor Jan Brewer to kill the law. "But look at my face, listen to my voice. I'd probably get picked up in Arizona and questioned. Is that what we want in America?"

Add to the fact that tensions have been running especially high in Arizona ever since a rancher named Robert Krentz was murdered in late March, and it can safely be said that the state is now at the center of the immigration debate.

When questioned about the issues of racial profiling that Arizona's new laws seems to encourage, McCain responded, "I would be very sorry that if some of that happens. And I regret it, but I also regret the — really, it's not just the murder of Robert Krantz. It's the people whose homes and property are being violated. It's the drive-by that — the drivers of cars with illegals in it that are intentionally causing accidents on the freeway. Look, our border is not secured. Our citizens are not safe."

Watch it for yourself and tell us: What do you think about the way immgrants are treated in Arizona?

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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