‘Bald Faced Liar’: Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly Pushes Hard For Border Wall As Election Nears

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Arizona Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly, who’s facing a tough re-election bid, touted his role in getting the Biden administration to fill gaps in the border wall despite having voted against legislation aiding the barrier in the past.

Kelly applauded the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to close the gaps after “months of coordination” between it, his office and the White House, according to a Thursday statement. But the former astronaut voted against border wall initiatives at least three times in 2021, including an amendment to prohibit the federal government’s cancellation of border wall contracts and two other amendments seeking to stop the cancellation of border wall contracts that had already received appropriated funding.

The Arizona Democrat has also changed his stance on other immigration-related issues, including Title 42, the public health policy used to quickly expel migrants during COVID-19, when the Biden administration announced it would end in April. Kelly voted against funding for Title 42 in August 2021 before urging the Biden administration in May to keep the policy in place until a “detailed plan” had been put together.

The senator’s office pointed the Daily Caller News Foundation to a statement in December 2021, where Kelly urged the Biden administration to “close the border gaps.”

Kelly is up for reelection in a “Toss Up” race, according to the Cook Political Report, facing off against a Republican candidate soon to emerge from the highly competitive Aug. 2 primary.

DHS said the construction will help with safety issues in the region. The “Yuma Gap,” as it known, has had large holes at rocky points of the Moreles Dam where migrants, sometimes over 1,000 a day, have crossed in recent months.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas gave U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) permission to fill in four gaps near the dam, the agency announced Thursday.

Jim Lamon, who hopes to run against Kelly as the Republican nominee, told the DCNF that the Arizona Democrat is a “liar” on his border security stance.

“Mark Kelly is a bald-faced liar who is trying to deceive Arizonans about his support for Joe Biden’s open border policies. Kelly voted against border security funding three times last year alone, allowing millions of illegal immigrants to invade America. Kelly cares more about his allegiance to Joe Biden than he cares about protecting Arizonan families from deadly drugs, crime, and human trafficking,” Lamon said in a statement to the DCNF.

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