January 13, 2020 Press Release

2 Years Ago: McSally Abandoned Dreamers To Boost Political Career

“It’s Not Happening”: 2 Years Ago, Martha McSally Abandoned Dreamers To Advance Her Political Career


PHOENIX — Two years ago, preparing to launch her failed U.S. Senate bid, unelected U.S. Sen. Martha McSally ruled out support for a clean bill to protect Dreamers — which include about 25,000 Arizonans — from Trump administration attacks and provide them a pathway to citizenship.

Just days before announcing her run against Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio, McSally definitively ruled out supporting a clean Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) bill, saying, “It’s not happening.”

Later on in the 2018 GOP Senate primary, McSally would further distance herself from supporting DACA, making a “painfully obvious shift” to remove her name from another bill she previously supported to protect Dreamers — a blatantly political move that was reported as an effort to defend herself against Arpaio and Ward’s criticisms.

Then, in November 2019, McSally again sold out Arizona and Dreamers to advance her political career by reiterating her support for Trump efforts to end the DACA program, and adding that “It is Congress’ job to address the status and future of the DACA population” — something that McSally has repeatedly refused to do in Washington.

“Martha McSally has repeatedly sold out Arizona and abandoned Dreamers to try to advance her own political career because she will say anything to get elected,” said Brad Bainum, Arizona Democratic Party spokesperson. “Her self-serving attempts to change positions and turn her back on Dreamers are just one of many reasons Arizonans know they can’t trust her to put our state and its people first in Washington.”