Martha McSally Uses White Supremacist Language to Speak About DACA

Martha McSally Uses White Supremacist Language to Speak About DACA

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Martha McSally Uses White Supremacist Language to Speak About DACA

As Martha McSally’s anti-climactic unveiling of her run for Jeff Flake’s Senate seat looms, it is important to listen to the rhetoric change  in her carefully crafted persona. For years, her constituents have tried to nail her down on issues important to them. She carefully controls her message resulting in voters not really knowing where she stands on most issues, particularly when her rhetoric doesn’t match her votes.

But a particularly disturbing trend began when she decided to run for Senate and “leaked” it to her colleagues over 2 months ago.  Trump, whom she had gone to great lengths to distance herself from, was now her new BFF. Laurie Roberts of the Arizona Republic wrote about it best, quoting Arizona Daily Star’s Tim Steller who predicted the Senate run based on the number of Tweets mentioning Trump that the suddenly gushing McSally had published. Continue reading “Martha McSally Uses White Supremacist Language to Speak About DACA”

McSally and Commerce with Mexico

McSally and Commerce with Mexico

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COMMERCE WITH MEXICO 

*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

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DACA / “DREAMERS”

*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.