If Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., had her way, there could be a wall separating Arizona from the lawless sanctuary state of California, The Hill reported Wednesday.
“As we look in Arizona, we often look into the dangers of the southern border,” she said during a discussion about “sanctuary cities” at the White House on Tuesday.
“But if these dangerous policies continue out of California, we might need to build a wall between California and Arizona as well to keep these dangerous criminals out of our state,” she added, somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
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California can’t “provide sanctuary for these criminals and think that it’s only impacting California dangerously,” she further said.
The Hill added:
Earlier this month, the Trump administration filed a lawsuit against California over the state’s immigration laws.
The Trump administration has been highly critical of California’s sanctuary cities, and administration officials have said they will crack down on policies that limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal authorities.
“Look, [California governor] Jerry Brown might want to start building a wall between California and Arizona because his policies are actually endangering the rest of the country. He can’t just keep them there,” she told Fox News.
I have always supported building a wall, but with @JerryBrownGov ’s liberal attitude on sanctuary cities, we might have to build a wall between Arizona and California to protect Arizonans pic.twitter.com/BAu9L96PaF
— Martha McSally (@MarthaMcSally) March 15, 2018
A post at the Phoenix New Times by Antonia Noori Farzan, an honors graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, called the suggestion “racist” but later sarcastically suggested:
Anyway, anti-immigrant rhetoric aside, building a border wall between California and Arizona isn’t necessarily a bad idea. A lot of Arizona Republicans would be thrilled to see fewer liberal Californians moving here for the lower cost of living. And people in San Diego probably wouldn’t mind having fewer Scottsdale douchebros show up at their beaches this summer, either. McSally might have landed on a winning platform here.
California’s new laws aren’t sitting well with many, including acting ICE Director Thomas Homan, who said politicians need to be held accountable.
“We’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” he said. “These politicians can’t make these decisions and be held unaccountable for people dying. I mean, we need to hold these politicians accountable for their actions.”
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