Well that’s nice:
I’ve fought many times in Congress to provide a legal status for DACA recipients while enhancing border security, closing loopholes in our laws, and modernizing our legal immigration system. I stand ready to continue that work in a bipartisan way. (2/2)— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) June 18, 2020
But I’ll let Laurie Roberts from The Arizona Republic set the record straight:
Except, that is, for that crucial time two years ago when she not only abandoned the Dreamers and any hopes of a bipartisan solution but tried to erase any evidence that she had ever tried to do right by them.
It’s an important chapter in the tale of two Marthas: the swing-district congresswoman who sought a practical, bipartisan solution for immigrants brought here illegally as children and the Senate hopeful who sought Donald Trump’s approval.
In 2017, then-Rep. McSally sponsored the Recognizing America’s Children Act, a bipartisan bill offering a 10-year path to citizenship to qualified dreamers brought here, as she put it, “through no fault of their own.”
McSally even posted a YouTube video in June of that year, showing her asking then-Chief of Staff John Kelly for assurances that DACA recipients would be protected in the aftermath of Trump’s decision to kill the program.
“Forget about ideology or how we got here,” McSally told him, during a Homeland Security Committee hearing. “But now we’re dealing with reality and we’ve got to solve this problem based on what’s practical and what’s compassionate and also upholding the rule of law and the precedent.”
Four months later, then-Sen. Jeff Flake announced he wasn’t running for re-election and suddenly, it seems “America’s Children” no longer deserved a shot at citizenship. Ever.
In May 2018, in the midst of a bruising three-way Republican primary fight for Flake’s seat, McSally asked for and received unanimous consent to remove herself as co-sponsor of Recognizing America’s Children Act.
Instead, she signed onto the Securing America’s Future Act, a bill that would allow DACA recipients to apply for “contingent non-immigrant status,” good for three years and renewable.
This, in exchange for reducing legal immigration by 25 percent, ending “chain migration” based upon family ties, fully funding Trump’s border wall and penalizing sanctuary cities, among other things.
Then she sanitized her You-Tube channel, quietly removing that 2017 video of herself calling on Congress to exercise compassion and provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.
The truth is that McSally can’t be trusted on DACA but her opponent, Mark Kelly (D. AZ), can be trusted:
By the way, Kelly is dominating this race:
Per Kantar CMAG ad tracking:@CaptMarkKelly has $9,881,681 in future reservations@MarthaMcSally has $0 in future reservations— Alexander Tin (@ThisAlexTin) June 17, 2020
Of course, both candidates have lots of outside spending on their behalf #AZsen https://t.co/T9GvHFxZa6
Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) narrowly lost her 2018 Senate race to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D), but was nominated to fill Arizona’s other Senate seat shortly after. And by the looks of Democrat Mark Kelly’s fundraising and polling numbers, it looks like McSally might suffer an even bigger loss this time around.
The most recent poll of Arizona’s Senate race, released Tuesday by Civiqs, gave Kelly a nine-point advantage over McSally. It was run by the left-wing news site The Daily Kos, but Fox News’ poll released June 3 gave Kelly a 13-point lead. And as CBS News’ Alexander Tin reported Wednesday via Kantar ad tracking, Kelly has bought nearly $10 million in future ad reservations while McSally has reserved $0 worth.
The state is a key presidential battleground and has a competitive Senate race, with Sen. Martha McSally (R) facing a challenge from Mark Kelly, an astronaut and the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D). McSally and Kelly have not jumped into the brawl over the coronavirus the way other figures in the state have.
Hospitalizations from the coronavirus have been spiking for days in the state, with a new record of 1,582 people hospitalized on Tuesday, according to state data. Hospital bed usage hit a new high of 85 percent occupancy on Tuesday as well, the data showed.
“The trend is such that if things continue as they are now, sometime in July we’re going to bump up against that capacity [in hospitals],” Joe Gerald, a professor at the University of Arizona’s public health school, said earlier Wednesday.
“The clock is ticking a little bit because it takes two to three weeks for any intervention to translate into fewer cases and fewer hospitalizations,” he added.
Julia Strange, a vice president at Tucson Medical Center, said Wednesday that the hospital’s 20 intensive care unit (ICU) beds for coronavirus patients were filled and that it was transferring patients in need of an ICU to other hospitals.
Gerald said the timing of the beginning of the spike in cases matches up with part of the cause being the lifting of the state’s stay-at-home order on May 15.
“The opening had no plan,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said at a press conference on Monday highly critical of Ducey. “It did not include enough enforcement of social distancing.”
After Ducey’s announcements on Wednesday, Gallego tweeted that they are a “good start.”
Asked at the press conference on Wednesday if he had made mistakes in how the state reopened, allowing a surge of cases, Ducey mostly said he is looking forward but added to reporters, “I’m sure I made … you guys like to write about them all the time.”
In contrast to Democratic criticism, McSally, speaking to KTAR earlier on Wednesday, said she thinks Ducey “has done a good job” on the coronavirus crisis.
“This virus is not going away, and it’s about us protecting the vulnerable while still allowing people to be able to safely return to work to put food on the table,” she added. “But we’ve got to do our part. This isn’t just — we don’t sit back and wait for government edicts. We each need to still take care of each other and do our part to stop the spread.”
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