The Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus released the following statement on Governor’s Ducey spending $25 million in Arizona taxpayer money to send the National Guard to the Arizona border.

“Legislative Republicans and Governor Ducey are skipping work today for a photo-op at the border in a transparent act of political theatre that will cost Arizona taxpayers $25 million. Meanwhile Arizonans continue to be impacted by COVID pandemic, a real crisis that Republicans still refuse to adequately address. Yesterday was the 100th day of Session and Republicans have done no work on passing the people’s budget to get resources to Arizona families and businesses struggling through the pandemic. From day one, the Biden Administration has been deeply engaged in monitoring the border and marshaling all resources of the government to find compassionate and fair solutions to help migrants at our border.

America’s immigration system was decimated over the last four years with children cruelly separated from their parents. There were insufficient policies, procedures, and training in place to administer our immigration laws. The prior administration’s border policies were chaotic, cruel, and ineffective. Now the Biden Administration is working urgently to move unaccompanied minors to HHS facilities and finally with family or sponsors. On his first day in office, President Biden sent the U.S. Citizenship Act to Congress to provide a path to citizenship, crack down on smugglers and traffickers and provide more funding and resources for immigration courts to clear the asylum backlog. The Biden Admin is working closely with Congress to identify long term reforms and solutions. This is the type of action that will address the issues at our border. Taking on the difficult challenge of building a fair, functional, and humane system will take time. After four years of destruction, change doesn't happen with the flip of a switch,and we encourage Governor Ducey to work with the Biden Administration on real solutions and not photo-ops.”

Senate Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios issued the following statement in support of the emergency injunction on the Senate audit.

“We stand by and strongly support Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo and the Arizona Democratic Party filing an emergency injunction to halt the Senate audit. We’ve seen that the Senate has abdicated its responsibility over this audit and handed it to rogue groups that have no experience with Arizona elections, and have created no security or safeguards to protect voters’ ballots, private data and Maricopa County Elections equipment. When issued by the judge, the subpoena assumed that government officials would comply with all laws on privacy, confidentiality and integrity of ballots and equipment. None of this has happened.

There are those out there who want to cast doubt and sow division over our election and are encouraging the completely made up claims of fraud. We’ve now seen them use this to cast doubt in the public to pass laws this session that make it more difficult for Arizonans to vote. But here are the facts. More than 2 million lawful ballots were cast in Maricopa County and there is no evidence of fraud or misconduct. No matter how you voted, this election was administered with integrity, transparency and in accordance with state laws. It’s clear that this audit is no more than a temper tantrum from those still upset that they lost the election and it is deeply damaging to the integrity of our elections and our democracy.”

PHOENIX– Arizona Senate Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios and House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding released the following statement today after the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission selected Republican operative Brian Schmitt as the Executive Director.

“It's deeply dismaying that the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission voted 3-2 to offer the critical role of Executive Director to Brian Schmitt, a Republican operative who failed to disclose to the commission recent, relevant and partisan campaign work. Schmitt’s name is linked to a 2020 campaign disbursement from Martha McSally for Congress in the amount of $63,652.44, made three days after the November election, as well as disbursements from the Republican National Committee in 2020 and 2018. This type of campaign work, and the candidate's decision to initially withhold that critical information from his application, should have been immediately disqualifying.

Schmitt, chief of staff to Republican Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring, tried to downplay this five-figure payment from McSally by saying, ‘a friend called and asked me to help with logistics, that was my only involvement.’ Such a large payment for something as minor as 'logistics' for a Republican candidate is alarming and needs to be independently investigated. The Independent Redistricting Commission must be seen as exactly that --independent. This selection – the first in the Commission's history where the selection was not unanimous -- risks losing the public’s confidence and trust in the Commission to redraw Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts fairly and transparently. The Commission's work is too important to every Arizonan to take this risk."