McSally and Commerce with Mexico

McSally and Commerce with Mexico

Immigration & Border


*from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*   

CD2 takes in a $1 billion in revenue from Mexican tourism. This is a bipartisan issue.

Rep. McSally has said, “The number one priority I hear about from Southern Arizonans is creating more economic opportunity for our region.” She’s given speeches to to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeast Arizona Hospitality Association, and told both she wanted Arizona to capitalize on the booming Mexican economy.

She pushed for funding to renovate the Douglas Port of Entry, and introduced a bill to fund the Sonoran Corridor to improve the flow of goods between AZ and Mexico.

In May of 2016, she hosted a panel of speakers in Sahuarita to talk about border issues.  The focus was on security, but she also said, “As we are trying to keep those who are trying to do us harm out, we’ve got to make sure that we are having a free flow of commerce and traffic that’s legitimate for trade opportunities for growing our economy. We can do both really well.”

During the campaign, on multiple occasions, she said she had “concerns” about the inflammatory language candidate Donald Trump used regarding Hispanics. But since the election, we’re not seeing her connect the dots between his insulting stereotypes and the reactions the Mexican people are bound to have, which will cause serious harm to the economy. Other politicians have done it:

Here is Rep. Raul Grijalva:  “If Donald Trump succeeds in imposing a 20% tariff on Mexican goods, it will be economically devastating to communities in the borderlands and across the country.”

Sen. John McCain pointed out that Mexico is Arizona’s number 1 trade partner; 65,000 Mexican visitors come to Arizona every day, and spend $7.8 million daily.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild: “The only remedy is constant communication, letting our friends and business partners in Mexico know that there are many of us in Arizona who believe these policies are wrong.”

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton: “Building a wall will only tear our economy down, and damage relationships with Mexico that today support 100,000 Arizona jobs.”

And then we get this: “The Tucson Sentinel contacted U.S. Rep. Martha McSally for comment, but that request went unanswered by her office.”

She did release a statement on the wall. She called the President’s executive order a “strong start in the right direction.” She talked about the drug cartels, and untying the hands of the Border Patrol. Nothing in the statement was intended to reassure our largest trading partner that Arizona values that relationship.

McSally on DACA Dreamers

McSally on DACA Dreamers

Immigration & Border


*from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*

According to the Pew Research Center, there were 27,000 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applications approved in Arizona. There may be several thousand more young people eligible.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are 97,000 people in Arizona who would have qualified for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Moreover, there may be 212,000 U.S. citizens (mostly children) living in the same households with them. That’s over 300,000 Arizonans who are deeply affected by Congress’s unwillingness to address this issue.

Rep. McSally has tried to split the difference here. She thinks creating the program was executive overreach. When a federal judge blocked the DAPA program, and an expansion of the DACA program, she issued a statement of support.

But she doesn’t want to punish the young people who came forward to take part in DACA.

In January of 2015, there was an amendment to a Department of Homeland Security bill which would block funding for the DACA program. Rep. McSally was one of 26 Republican House members who voted against the amendment. “It is neither practical nor fair to deport young migrants who freely came forward, giving information such as fingerprints and home addresses to our government, under the auspices that they would be given deferred status. Those who came here through no fault of their own, have passed background checks, earned high school degrees, and are pursuing the American dream should not be punished.”

When the amendment passed, she voted for the bill with the amendment attached.

In May of 2015, Arizona Democrat Ruben Gallego proposed an amendment to a Defense Authorization bill to encourage the military to allow Dreamers to enlist. The amendment failed, but Rep. McSally was one of only 20 Republicans to vote for it.


McSally on Prejudice

McSally on Prejudice


*from Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*   


First, an ethnic breakdown of CD2: It’s 64% white, 28% Hispanic, and about 4% black, 3% Asian and 1% Native American. *

A religious breakdown of Arizona (Pew Survey, 2015): 27% none, 26% Evangelical, 21% Catholic, 13% Protestant, 5% Mormon, 6% non~Christian faith (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, etc.)

Arizona’s Congressional delegation has 5 Catholics, 2 Mormons, 1 Baptist, 1 Episcopalian, 1 Unaffiliated, and then Martha McSally, listed as “Unspecified Protestant.”

In 2015, Rep. McSally spoke at a tribute to Arizona’s first Mexican~American governor: “It took people like Raul Castro to stand up and continue to push through people’s prejudices. He is a tremendous example for all of us…and as we stand here today to honor him, we have to ask ourselves what we can do to carry on his legacy.”

There coverage on~line of her visiting Holocaust museums and attending Remembrance Day Marches, but no reference to any concern she might have about Steve Bannon and Breitbart, or Stephen Miller and his relationship with David Duke.  She has not complained when Trump, or Trump Jr., or Kellyanne Conway retweet white supremacists. Yesterday, there was a bipartisan letter members of Congress sent to federal law enforcement, urging them to investigate the bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers. Reps. Grijalva, Gallego, Sinema and O’Halleran signed it. Rep. McSally didn’t.

When you Google “Martha McSally” and “hate speech,” one result you get is her first reaction to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. She called it “hateful talk” and said, “I really strongly condemn it.” That was December of 2015.

After the ban was enacted, with some legal tinkering to try to give it cover, her reaction was much more muted. Now she says he’s being “prudent,” and his behavior should be “expected.” She went from “really strongly condemning it” to normalizing it.

Tim Stellar of the Daily Star described that as, “Not a particularly strong response to a measure that demanded it.”

*edited for accuracy to reflect census numbers 6/5/2017

McSally on Science

McSally on Science

Science & Environment



*Votes on science as reported on Feb 23, 2017 town hall event*

The U of A’s $600 million in research and development expenditures place it in the top 5% of American universities. The U of A is Tucson’s largest employer.


If you Google “science” and Martha McSally, you will learn that she was a biology major at the Air Force Academy. There was a press release a year ago about how she wants to use NeuroScreening technology developed at the U of A to vet people at the border. (She’s the Chair of the Border Subcommittee.) Also, she wants NASA to encourage girls to study STEM.


From the EPA’s web site, on the impact of climate change in Arizona: “In the coming decades, changing the climate is likely to decrease the flow of water in the Colorado River, threaten the health of livestock, increase the frequency and intensity of wildfires, and convert some rangeland to desert.”

From Wikipedia: “(Rep. McSally) opposes government funding for the development of renewable energy, such as solar, wind and thermal energy. She is in favor of barring the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. She strongly opposed President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aimed to require power producers to reduce emissions 32% from 2005 levels by 2030.”

The League of Conservation Voters has given McSally a lifetime score of 3%.