Campaign 2010

Mar 07, 2014

Martha McSally’s Immigration Record is on the Wrong Side of the Issues

According to a recent Arizona Republic report, “Latino voters in Arizona place a higher priority on immigration reform than Latinos in the rest of the country,” and yet, candidate Martha McSally continues her refusal to tell us her position on comprehensive immigration reform, which would strengthen the economy and unite families. While McSally pushes her Tea Party politics and cozies up to special interests, Arizonans are yearning for comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship.

“Arizonans need a candidate who will offer a real commonsense immigration reform solution, not Martha McSally whose wash-rinse-repeat routine leaves Arizona Latinos out in the cold,” said Tyrone Gayle of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Whether she’s dodging the issues or darting off to Hawaii for a fundraiser, one thing is clear: Martha McSally will have to answer to Arizona’s Latino voters in November – and she won’t like what they have to say.”

BACKROUND:

McSally Refused to Say Whether she Would Support a Pathway To Citizenship. In November 2013, McSally refused to say whether she would support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as part of comprehensive immigration reform. [Tucson Weekly, 11/21/13]

OZY: McSally “Wasn’t Comfortable Talking Policy” about Immigration Reform and “Avoid[ed] Stating a Firm Position.” In February 2014, Oxymandias reported that, particularly while discussing immigration reform, McSally was reluctant to discuss the details of her policy positions. Oxymandias: “It was clear when discussing immigration reform — a hot-button political issue not just nationally but at home in her Tucson district… McSally wasn’t comfortable talking policy nitty-gritty and wanted to avoid stating a firm position.” [McSally interview, OZY.com2/05/14]

McSally Criticized the DREAM Act. In 2012, McSally criticized the DREAM Act in an interview with Arizona Public Media. “The current administration is committed to their form of the Dream Act and for me it stands for Don’t Really Expect Anyone’s Movin’. So we really do need to enforce the laws that we have,” she said. [McSally interview, Arizona Public Media, 7/23/12; Arizona Daily Star, 10/14/12]

McSally Defended the Radical SB1070 Immigration Law. In 2012, McSally defended the anti-immigration law, SB 1070, explaining that it “came about because the federal government did not secure our border.” The law would require an officer to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained, or arrested if there is reasonable suspicion that the person was in the country illegally. [Associated Press, 7/17/12; American Thinker, 2/22/12]

…And Suggested it Should Apply to Every Citizen Stopped by Law Enforcement. Defending SB 1070, McSally suggested that it should apply to every citizen stopped by law enforcement. “SB 1070 came about because the federal government did not secure our border.  Perhaps it should be changed so that every citizen stopped by law enforcement needs to prove their citizenship,” she said. [American Thinker, 2/22/12]

McSally Supported Eliminating the Mexican-American Studies Program in Tucson Schools. In 2012, McSally supported eliminating the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson’s public schools. In 2012, McSally supported getting rid of the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson’s public schools. [McSally interview, KGun9 News, 4/09/12]