Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

ICYMI: Rep. McSally Highlights how Sanctuary Cities Endanger Arizonans During White House Roundtable with President Trump

March 20, 2018
Press Release
McSally and Arizonan Mary Ann Mendoza Point to Heartbreaking Story of Her Son, a Mesa Police Sgt. Killed by Illegal Immigrant with Criminal Record

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Rep Martha McSally, Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Committee’s Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, today participated in a roundtable with President Donald Trump and other cabinet officials at the White House to discuss the threat sanctuary cities pose to the public safety of communities throughout America. Congresswoman McSally was one of only a handful of Members of Congress invited to attend and the only representative from Arizona.

Also in attendance was Arizonan Mary Ann Mendoza, the mother of fallen Sgt. Police Officer Brandon Mendoza, who had served 13 years with the Mesa Police Department when he was killed in a head-on collision by a highly intoxicated illegal immigrant with multiple criminal convictions. Ms. Mendoza shared her son’s story and spoke on behalf of the scores of victims nationwide who were killed because of unenforced immigration laws.

In her comments with the President, Congresswoman McSally highlighted how Arizona’s proximity to California and other sanctuary jurisdictions endangers the lives of Arizonans.

“Mr. President, good to see you. Thank you for the leadership on this issue and as someone who represents Arizona, Ms. Mendoza and her family, and their loss is very real to us. Now we don’t have any sanctuary cities in Arizona, but we’re right next door to California. And as we saw in the loss of Sgt. Mendoza, it’s the policies of other states and cities that are letting these criminals go, that then impact the rest of us,” said Congresswoman McSally. “This is clearly a federal government’s responsibility. There are a lot of things that happen around here that the federal government overreaches, but in this case, this is clearly what the federal government should be doing and for them to be thumbing their nose at law and order and protecting citizens, is so dangerous and a travesty. As we look in Arizona, we often look into the dangers of the southern border, 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. But seriously, they cannot just provide sanctuary for these criminals and think that it is only impacting California dangerously. It impacts the rest of us because these criminals will move quickly to other jurisdictions, we have, for example, MS-13 gang members that often are arrested in Arizona that have come from California with previous criminal records and other sanctuary cities and states. So this is a very serious public safety issue and I’m glad you’re leading on it and thanks for the opportunity to be here.”

Trump: “Thanks, Martha, good job. You’ve done really well too, by the way. That’s the word.”

Martha: “Yes, Sir.”

Trump: “That’s very good.”


Click HERE or below to watch the Congresswoman’s full remarks.


Congresswoman McSally joined with Chairman Goodlatte, Chairman McCaul, and Rep. Labrador to introduce the Securing America’s Future Act, comprehensive border security and immigration legislation which will crack down on sanctuary cities.

Specifically, the bill authorizes the Department of Justice to withhold law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities and allows victims to sue the sanctuary cities that released their attackers. It also includes Kate’s Law, named after Kate Steinle, to enhance criminal penalties for deported criminals who illegally return. The bill has close to 100 cosponsors, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and the support of President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security.

After the meeting, the Congresswoman sat down with Mary Ann Mendoza to share their takeaways from the meeting. Click HERE or below to listen to them share their thoughts on how sanctuary city policies harm Arizonans.

Before the meeting, the Congresswoman joined Harris Faulkner on Fox News to discuss what she hoped to hear from the President and work with him towards in the meeting.

Click HERE or below to watch the full interview.