A Republican lawmaker from Arizona wants to build a wall separating her state from California to protect citizens from the effects of Golden State’s sanctuary city.
“As we look in Arizona, we often look into the dangers of the southern border,” Rep. Martha McSally said Tuesday night at the White House during a round-table discussion about “sanctuary cities.” She announced earlier this year a bid to replace Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is retiring in November.
“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,” said McSally, who will be running against former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Republican state Sen. Kelli Ward.
McSally’s comment comes less than a month after the Department of Justice sued the state of California on Feb.6 for using so-called sanctuary laws to violate aspects of the U.S Constitution.
The Trump administration alleged at the time three California laws are obstructing enforcement of federal immigration law and harm public safety. President Donald Trump has escalated a protracted battle against city ordinances that protect illegal aliens.
The lawsuit is targeting three California laws.
The first one prevents employers from sharing records about legal status or allowing immigration agents into “nonpublic” business spaces without a warrant. The second gives the state’s attorney general power to investigate facilities where immigrant detainees are housed, and the third law being challenged dramatically limits the scope of cooperation between federal and local law enforcement with respect to the immigration status of individuals in California’s custody.
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