Arizona AG Hopeful Hamadeh to Newsmax: Dems' Border Stance 'Offensive'
(Newsmax/"John Bachman Now")
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Wednesday, 26 October 2022 03:42 PM EDT
The nation's border with Mexico is "anything but secure," despite Vice President Kamala Harris' claims otherwise, Arizona GOP attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh said on Newsmax Wednesday, calling such statements from her and other top Democrats "offensive."
"You have migrants flocking in and they're just walking into the arms of law enforcement, and that's a real distraction to a lot of what the drug cartels' operations are doing when they're smuggling in fentanyl," Hamadeh, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, commented in an interview on Newsmax's "John Bachman Now." "They're wearing the camo and they're evading law enforcement."
He also pointed out that the Biden administration has ordered the state of Arizona and Gov. Doug Ducey to remove dozens of shipping containers that it had put in gaps along its border with Mexico, saying that their placement violates federal law. The state has rejected the government's demands.
"States have to take back control because the federal government is refusing to act," said Hamadeh.
The situation, overall, is a "humanitarian disaster," he added.
"If you look at the number of migrants who have died trying to come into the country, you look at the fentanyl poisonings — I mean, here in Arizona, we had two infants with possible fentanyl overdoses, and one of them survived," he said. "But you know it's a human tragedy right now, and this is something that we have got to focus on, because the Democrats' agenda, all they've done has caused misery and chaos."
Two years ago under Trump, "we had a secure border," Hamadeh said. "How did we come to the point where you have 250,000 illegal immigrants crossing in and we have fentanyl pouring in the millions? This was all done because the Biden administration has failed to secure our border."
Hamadeh also on Wednesday fired back at reports that individuals have been watching and filming voters at ballot drop boxes in the state. Tuesday, the Arizona chapter of the League of Women Voters filed a federal lawsuit targeting groups they say are working to intimidate voters through an effort they call "Operation Drop Box," reported CNN.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running against Republican Kari Lake for the state's governor's seat, says there were six cases of voter intimidation already, but Hamadeh accused her of being "incompetent."
But still, he said, "voter intimidation is unacceptable and undemocratic."
However, Hamadeh said he thinks it's people's "constitutional right" to watch the ballot drop boxes, "but obviously any intimidation by the media or by armed individuals is unacceptable."
Also on Wednesday, Hamadeh talked about one of his key goals for office if he defeats Democrat challenger Kris Mayes, and that is to establish a religious liberty unit to protect parental rights.
"Thank God we have President Trump's Supreme Court, so we've done a really good job fighting for religious liberties," he said. "We just saw that case with the coach praying on the football field."
Parental rights in Arizona will allow parents to push back against "school boards (that) are running rogue, teaching critical race theory and trying to shove sexual confusion on children," Hamadeh added. "We have to empower parents once again, and that's exactly what my office will do within the Civil Rights division."
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