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Which Arizona Politicians Support The Border Wall

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It’s looking like Trump is backing down from his demand that Congress approve funding for the border wall by Friday, or else face a government shutdown.

Which raises the question: besides Trump himself, who actually wants a border wall?

Here’s where Arizona’s top elected officials stand:

Governor Doug Ducey (Republican)

Governor Doug Ducey

Governor Doug Ducey

Courtesy of the Governor’s Office

During Trump’s campaign, Ducey said he didn’t believe a wall was necessary.


Bottom line: Ducey clearly isn’t enthusiastic about the wall. But the fact that his views shifted after the election suggests that we shouldn’t count on him to stand up to Trump on this one.

Senator John McCain (Republican)

McCain has been critical of Trump’s claims that Mexico will pay for the wall, and has also said that a wall won’t be enough to secure the border.

Here's Where Arizona's Top Elected Officials Stand on Trump's Border Wall (19)


Bottom line: McCain will probably continue to criticize specific details of Trump’s plans for the border wall — namely, the uncertainty over who’s going to pay for it — but there’s no reason to assume that means he’ll vote against it.

Senator Jeff Flake (Republican)

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake

U.S. Senate

There weren’t many bright spots for Flake at his town hall in Mesa earlier this month, but his criticism of Trump’s border wall was one of them.


Flake has made it clear that he’d rather see the billions of dollars that could be used for a wall spent on surveillance — specifically, drones, cameras, and more border patrol agents.

Bottom line: Flake’s been pretty consistent in his opposition to the border wall, but he is up for re-election next year.

Congressman Tom O’Halleran (Democrat)

Rep. Tom O'Halleran

Rep. Tom O’Halleran

Miriam Wasser

O’Halleran is a former Republican, but there’s no reason to think that he won’t vote with the Democrats on this one.

Bottom line: Doesn’t want the wall.

Congresswoman Martha McSally (Republican)

The Hill categorizes McSally as one of the loudest GOP skeptics when it comes to funding the wall.

Bottom line: McSally isn’t exactly team #NoBanNoWall, but she’ll probably vote with the Democrats on this one.

Here's Where Arizona's Top Elected Officials Stand on Trump's Border Wall (13)

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Congressman Raul Grijalva (Democrat)

The dude already sued the Trump administration over the wall, and it hasn’t even been built yet.

Bottom line: Doesn’t want the wall.

Congressman Paul Gosar (Republican)

Gosar is definitely pro-fence.

Bottom line: Wants the wall.

Congressman Andy Biggs (Republican)

Andy Biggs

Andy Biggs

Arizona Legislature

So, Biggs was initially supportive of Trump’s executive order authorizing construction of the border wall.

Since then, however, he’s raised concerns about how Trump plans to make that happen.

Bottom line: Wants the wall, does not want to pay more for guacamole.

Congressman David Schweikert (Republican)

U.S. Representative David Schweikert of Arizona's Sixth Congressional District

U.S. Representative David Schweikert of Arizona’s Sixth Congressional District

Stephen Lemons

For the most part, Schweikert has been focused on fences rather than walls. Earlier this year, he introduced the Build The Fence Act in an attempt to force the Department of Homeland Security to finish building the southern border fence in areas where it had been deemed impractical and unviable.

Bottom line: Wants the wall.

Congressman Ruben Gallego (Democrat)

Gallego previously told New Times that the border wall is a “scam” and “a waste of money.”

Bottom line: Doesn’t want the wall.

Congressman Trent Franks (Republican)

Trent Franks

Trent Franks

Screen grab from C-Span

“We have to measure all the costs – ancillary and otherwise – and make the best decision that we can,” he responded. “But I can suggest to you that there are national security implications here for a porous border.”

Bottom line: Wants the wall.

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat)

Sinema told ABC 15 yesterday that she doesn’t think a wall is an effective way to keep people from crossing the border.

Bottom line: Doesn’t want the wall.

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