David Garcia endorses open borders: “Just imagine … no wall in southern Arizona”

PHOENIX — Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia asked an applauding audience of progressives Saturday night to imagine getting to live in an America with no borders.

Garcia, one of two candidates running for the Democratic nomination, attended the liberal Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans over the weekend. The annual confab is a gathering of far-left politicians, candidates, and activists talking about their political agendas.

Participants in this year’s conference included Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic for office in New York. Ocasio-Cortez — an admitted socialist who believes that “capitalism … will not always exist in the world” — was spotted dining with Garcia on Sunday.

Speaking on stage, Garcia asked the applauding audience to “imagine” a borderless America.

“As we come together to close Netroots, I want to just take a second and imagine,” the Democrat said. “Let’s just imagine … Just imagine no wall. No wall in southern Arizona.”

(You can listen to the speech here.)

Garcia has taken a number of controversial positions about border security since launching his campaign. He has called for the abolishment of ICE and the dismantling of the Border Strike Force, which targets cartels and traffickers along the border. He also suggested during a radio interview in June 2018 that Arizona “should pull our resources from the border,” including the National Guard.

The Democratic primary between Garcia and former state senator Steve Farley takes place on August 28.

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Democrat lawmaker Isela Blanc arrested

PHOENIX — Democratic State Representative Isela Blanc was arrested in Washington, D.C., Monday after participating in an immigration protest.

The state legislator, who represents Arizona’s 26th legislative district, including the Tempe area, attended Monday’s protest on the National Mall in support of undocumented immigrants affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy established by President Barack Obama.

Blanc, who previously was undocumented, issued a statement ahead of the protest.

“I’ve been undocumented, I know the fear and anxiety the Dreamers feel,” she said. “I’m also an Elected official, so I know what it means to reach the American Dream, which is all they want. I have a moral obligation to fight for them.”

The liberal immigration group LUCHA — short for “Living United for Change in Arizona” — published a video of Blanc’s arrest on Facebook. The arrest occurred during the protest.

LUCHA is directly tied to the controversial ballot proposal spearheaded by Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer, which an Arizona State University physics professor recently dismissed as “a scam.”

Alejandra Gomez, LUCHA’s co-executive director, is listed on government filings as the official “chairperson” of the committee responsible for the ballot proposal.

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Democrat Hiral Tipirneni: “The (border) wall is not the answer”

PHOENIX — Democratic congressional candidate Hiral Tipirneni slammed President Donald Trump’s border wall proposal Sunday evening and called for more regulations on gun owners during her first interview in the general election.

Tipirneni, who is running for the open U.S. House seat in Arizona’s eighth congressional district, appeared on 3TV’s “Politics Unplugged” to talk about her ongoing campaign and what she wants to accomplish in Washington, D.C., if elected.

Tipirneni and host Dennis Welch touched on several issues throughout the interview, including the administration’s trade policies — which the Democratic candidate dismissed as not “well thought-out” — and the country’s immigration system.

“I absolutely support a clean DREAM Act if possible but definitely that path to citizenship,” she said, defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy implemented by President Barack Obama. “You know, it starts with temporary permanent residency and then permanent residency and then citizenship.”

Tipirneni contended that there is more Congress can do to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico but argued that “the wall is not the answer … The idea of a wall is not going to make us safer.”

(WATCH: “The Wall Is Not The Answer”)

When pressed for details on her notion that the border wall funding should be directed elsewhere, the Democratic candidate responded that “clean energy” and “renewable energy sources” would be a better place to spend the money.

Debbie Lesko, the Republican nominee, took a different tune, calling DACA “totally unconstitutional” and saying that “what we have now is basically amnesty.”

“I agree with President Trump’s plan to secure the border because government’s number-one role is protecting its citizens,” Lesko, a former state senator, said. “I think we need to build the wall. We need to add more border agents. We need to end the chain migration.”

Welch then asked Tipirneni, the Democratic candidate, about her thoughts on the second amendment and whether Congress needs to take action on the issue. She responded that more gun regulations and stronger enforcement of existing regulations are needed, including “comprehensive background checks.”

“We need to make sure there’s that no-fly, no-buy policy in place,” Tipirneni said. “If you can’t fly on a plane because you’re a potential threat, you certainly shouldn’t be buying a gun. Making sure that people are properly registering their firearms and that they’re properly trained and properly storing them.”

Tipirneni also said that Congress needs to close “loopholes like gun shows and person-to-person sales and Internet sales.”

The special general election is on April 24.

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