During a roundtable discussion at the White House on Tuesday, where a group of conservative politicians and law enforcement officials from across the nation came together to discuss “sanctuary city” laws, one House Representative stated that “we might need to build a wall” between the state she represents and one of its more liberal neighbors.
Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican from Tucson, Arizona, suggested that President Donald Trump’s border wall between the US and Mexico should be extended, allowing them to separate themselves physically from California.
“As we look in Arizona, we often look into the dangers of the southern border,” said McSally according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. “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.”
ICYMI: I was honored to participate in today’s @WhiteHouse roundtable w/President @realDonaldTrump & @mamendoza480 to discuss the public safety threat that sanctuary cities impose on communities everywhere, as tragically illustrated by the death of AZ Sgt. Police Officer Mendoza. pic.twitter.com/fgcIsHI33Y
— Martha McSally (@RepMcSally) March 21, 2018
Trump received a nod of approval from Trump during the Tuesday meeting.
“Good job,” said Trump. “You’ve done really well too, by the way. That’s the word.”
This isn’t the first time McSally has made such a remark.
On Fox News last week, McSally said, “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.”
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 (@RepMcSally) March 15, 2018
McSally is typically viewed as a moderate but faces a tough battle as she runs to replace outgoing Senator Jeff Flake in the US Senate.
Another person vying for the seat is Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County who received a presidential pardon for his conviction of criminal contempt in relation to a court order regarding the use of racial profiling, who is usually seen as having a hardline stance when it comes to immigration.