Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is asking the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for reinforcement to heighten Arizona’s border security while her fellow Democrats continue to demand more DHS funding cuts as he border crisis continues to escalate.
The 42-year-old rookie senator took to social media Wednesday to send a message flying in the face of her party’s radical pro-immigration open borders agenda – one has even called for the eradication of Immigration and Customs Control (ICE) .
“Arizonans bear the brunt of Washington’s failure to address our broken immigration system,” Sinema tweeted Wednesday. “We must secure the border with a comprehensive, smart, bipartisan approach – we’re calling on @DHSgov to send additional resources and staff to AZ ports.”
Out of left alignment
It became apparent that Sinema either radically disagrees with her party’s 2020 presidential platform – or if she just stands starkly against it because immigration directly affects the security and economy of her state in the Southwest.
“The freshman senator's language is starkly different from that of a group of her colleagues – including every Democratic presidential candidate in the upper chamber – who sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) on Monday asking for funding cuts to the already overwhelmed agency,” TheBlaze pointed out.
In the letter, Democrats are instructed to not budge in their agenda to allow illegal immigrants into the country uncontested.
“As your Committee considers fiscal year 2020 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations, we ask that you reduce funding for the administration's reckless immigration enforcement and detention operations that are tearing families apart and harming the American economy,” top Democrats directed the SEC. “We also ask that you include language limiting the DHS Secretary's ability to transfer funds for the purpose of detaining immigrants. Furthermore, we urge you to reject President Trump's FY20 request for a significant increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel and detention beds, as well as his request to fund construction of his costly and ineffective border wall.“
It appears that most Democrats promoting open borders are not from border states and are not directly affected by an influx of illegal immigrants putting a burden on their state’s economy and law enforcement.
“With the exception of California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, none of the 19 signatories of the letter hail from border states,” TheBlaze’s Breck Dumas pointed out. “On the contrary, a majority represent northern and northeastern states most buffered from the immigration influx.”
Border states have real concerns, crisis
Also in the Grand Canyon State, the mayor of Yuma, Arizona, Douglas J. Nicholls, declared a state of emergency for his border city – the day after Democrats called for funding going to ICE and DHS to be cut.
"[M]igrants [are] being released into the community faster than they are departing, and shelters and the staff to run them are at max capacity," Nicholls announced in his declaration, according to the Washington Examiner.
Characterized as a renegade in an AZCentral February op-ed, Sinema has been characterized as a “maverick” … “like John McCain before her.”
“This isn't the first time Sinema has refused to tow the party line,” Nicholls stressed. “She's taken heat for being one of only three Democratic senators who voted to confirm new Attorney General Bill Barr, joined Republicans in giving a thumbs down to the progressive ‘Green New Deal’ while most of her colleagues voted ‘present,’ and has called ‘Medicare for All’ proposals unrealistic.”
Teaming with Washington?
Sinema teamed up with DHS and the White House to draw more attention to the current U.S. immigration law’s failure to address the record-high number of asylum seekers from Central America flooding the U.S. southern border.
“Under current law, those migrants are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. while their cases are being adjudicated,” National Review informed. “The problem is further exacerbated by the composition of the migrants; many of them are women and children who cannot be detained in facilities that were designed to house single men. The lack of adequate resources forced authorities to release 18,500 immigrants from federal detention into Arizona between December 21 and March 20.”
ICE recently issued a public warning about the crisis in which it is dealing at America’s border with Mexico.
“The sheer volume of family units crossing the border has overwhelmed ICE’s limited transportation resources; combined with a requirement to detain these individuals for no more than 20 days, the agency has no option but to expeditiously arrange for their release,” ICE announced in a statement it released last month, according to National Review.
In addition to Sinema’s coordination with the Trump administration on strong borders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also appears to be looking to reach across the Republican-Democratic divide regarding immigration reform, expressing her “optimism” earlier this month regarding the possibility of reaching a deal with her Republican counterparts in the White House.
“I’m always optimistic, and this has to happen – it’s inevitable,” Pelosi proclaimed at the Democrat’s 2019 Issues Conference in Virginia on April 11, according to the Daily Caller. “Again, it’s inevitable to some – inconceivable to others. We have to shorten the distance between the inevitable and the inconceivable.”