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Martha McSally on Immigration

 

 


Secure the border to keep out drugs & human trafficking

Q: President Trump said this week about the Central American migrant caravan, "You got some bad people in those groups...This country doesn't want them.". Do you support the president's policy on migration, to prevent that caravan from coming in?

MCSALLY: I share the president's frustration that the Democrats are obstructing on this issue. I represent a Southern border district. And on the border right now we're dealing with a cartel activity, continuing to traffic opioids and other drugs and human trafficking into our communities. This is a public safety and a national security issue. A number of people are being trafficked by the cartels, taking advantage of the loopholes in our laws, so that they know they're going to be released right into the interior of the US, never to show up for their court date. This isn't working. And my bill that I worked really closely with the White House on closed these loopholes. Only Congress can do it This is a unifying issue across Arizona.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race , Oct 21, 2018

2015: Supported merit-based entry with keeping DREAMers

Q: You supported an immigration bill in 2015, in which you opposed defunding DACA, and, in fact, you supported a path to citizenship for the DREAMers. Now you oppose the migrant caravan coming in as refugees. Have you been inconsistent on this issue?

MCSALLY: I have been consistently leading on this issue as the Border Security Subcommittee chair. This is a difficult issue. But when the president kicked DACA to Congress, appropriately, we worked together, to lead, to identify a solution that secures the border, closes these legal loopholes, moves us more towards a merit- based system, and does something on DACA. This is what we worked on to bring to the floor. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it passed. But we're going to keep working on it, because the border still needs to be secured. These loopholes still need to be closed. And I'm going to continue to lead on this when I'm in the Senate. Even though Washington, D.C., moves on the other topics, we still have to address this issue.

Source: Fox News Sunday interviews for 2018 Arizona Senate race , Oct 21, 2018

Extend DACA protections but no path to citizenship

Q: Immigration: Support path to citizenship for "DACA" recipients or "Dreamers," who grew up in the US after coming here as children?

Martha McSally (R): Formerly supported citizenship options. Now supports extending DACA protections but no path to citizenship.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Yes. "Congress must act to secure our borders & provide an earned path to citizenship for Dreamers."

Source: CampusElect.org Issue Guide on 2018 Arizona Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

Study proposals to deal with immigrant family separation

The administration adopted a "zero tolerance" approach at the Southern border, which is leading to an increase in the number of detained immigrants being separated from their children.

Trump has tried to blame Democrats for his own administration's policy, tweeting that they "can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!"

Facing a national uproar, House GOP leaders included a provision in the immigration proposal that would require families to be kept together for as long as they are in the custody of DHS.

The proposed fix won approval from moderate House Republicans locked in difficult re-election battles, but not from Republican Senate candidates running competitive races in GOP-leaning states. None spoke in support of the bill.

"We're studying the proposal," said Arizona Rep. Martha McSally. "I try not get swayed by what the emotions are or the pressure. I really try to look at the policy issues."

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune on 2018 Arizona Senate race , Jun 17, 2018

Reduce legal immigration; no pathway to citizenship

Martha McSally has dropped her support for immigration-reform legislation that offers a pathway to citizenship for undocumented dreamers in favor of a less generous alternative that also would sharply reduce legal immigration.

McSally instead is backing a bill that calls for allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to apply for "contingent non-immigrant status," rather than giving them a shot at becoming legal permanent residents and eventually full US citizens.

McSally asked the House of Representatives for unanimous consent to formally drop her co-sponsorship of a bill called the Recognizing America's Children Act. McSally now wants another bill, called the Securing America's Future Act. That bill, which would do away with the diversity visa program and impose tougher border enforcement provisions. It would grant "contingent nonimmigrant status" to those brought to the U.S. as children if they meet certain conditions rather than citizenship.

Source: The Arizona Republic on 2018 Arizona Senate race , May 11, 2018

Border is still not secure; it's a national security threat

I have spent a lot of time with the rancher community on our border and it's clear that our border is still not secure. Transnational criminal organizations are trafficking drugs, money, people, and weapons through the border and into and through our communities. This is a public safety and national security threat.

The recent influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who easily crossed the border is the latest evidence that shows how unsecure our border really is.

The barriers and fences already in place are delaying the illegal activity, but they are not enough and they are not everywhere. We should be using intelligence-driven operations to identify corridors of activity, and then strategically utilize sensors, airborne assets, radar, and manpower to detect, monitor, and intercept illegal activity at the border.

As a Member of Congress, I will fight to secure our border.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com , Nov 4, 2014

Supports deportation of illlegals, according to Faith2Action.

McSally supports the F2A survey question on deporting immigrants

Faith2Action.org is "the nation's largest network of pro-family groups." They provide election resources for each state, including Voter Guides and Congressional Scorecards excerpted here. The F2A survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?'

Source: Faith2Action Survey 14-F2A-Q12 on Jul 30, 2014

Supports deportation of illlegals, according to PVS rating.

McSally supports the PVS survey question on deporting immigrants

Project VoteSmart infers summary responses from campaign statements and news reports The PVS survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?'

Source: Project VoteSmart Inferred Survey 14-PVS-q12 on Sep 30, 2014

Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service.

McSally voted NAY Gosar Anti-DACA Amendment to H.R. 5293

Congressional Summary: The House voted on an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) to H.R. 5293, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2017. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used to extend the expiration of, or reissue a new expiration date to, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program.

Recommendation by Heritage Foundation to vote YES:(6/16/2016): The MAVNI program is a pilot program authorizing "military services to recruit certain legal immigrants whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest." However, a DoD memo has made it clear that DACA/DAPA recipients are eligible under this program, essentially opening up a pathway to amnesty for illegal aliens who enlist. By ensuring that this guidance ends, DOD will no longer be able to enlist illegal immigrants through MAVNI.

Recommendation by the ACLU to vote NO: (6/28/2011): The DREAM Act promotes fundamental fairness for young people by allowing access to affordable post-secondary education and military service opportunities, regardless of immigration status, and would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, have lived here for at least five years and have graduated from high school. The DREAM Act could result in billions of dollars in additional tax revenue from tapping the potential of DREAM-eligible students and future service personnel. Since September 11, 2001, more than 69,000 immigrants have earned citizenship while serving, and more than 125 who entered military service after that date have made the ultimate sacrifice in war by giving their lives for this nation.

Legislative outcome: Failed House 210 to 211 (no Senate vote)

Source: Supreme Court case 16-H5293 argued on Jun 16, 2016

Analyze terrorism and criminal threats on southwest border.

McSally sponsored H.R.4482

Source: Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act 16-HR4482 on Feb 4, 2016

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