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Sinema in 2006: Migrant Deaths ‘Are the Same as’ Iraq War Deaths

The Democrat nominee for Senate in Arizona wrote the controversial statement to a Yahoo! group called “Local to Global Justice.”

By NTK Staff | 10.10.2018 @3:00pm
Sinema in 2006: Migrant Deaths ‘Are the Same as’ Iraq War Deaths

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), the Democrat vying to replace Sen. Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate, held controversial views about immigration and the war in Iraq, according to a new report by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sinema, who has faced questions about her inconsistencies in her background, at one time belonged to a Yahoo! group called “Local to Global Justice.” The Beacon uncovered at least one of her postings to that group, in which she drew an equivalency between the deaths of migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally and the U.S. soldiers who died in combat in Iraq.

Here’s what Sinema wrote:

To state that immigration is not a war or is not equal in magnitude to war, I believe, dishonors those who have died in this country and others as migrants. I volunteer with a group called No Mas Muertes—No More Deaths—and I cannot explain to you the pain that I suffered one hot day last July as I scoured the desert along with scores of others for the bodies of those who have died tortuous and painful deaths in our desert … Death is death, and to rank one form of death as being somehow more important than other death [sic] does us no good as humans. The deaths that people suffer in the Mexico-Arizona desert are the same as the deaths that people suffer in the Iraq desert—they are needless, senseless deaths.

The Beacon noted that the post was dated April 4, 2006 – the same date Saddam Hussein was charged with attempted genocide for using chemical weapons on his own people in 1988. The Bush administration cited the genocide, believed to have killed between 50,000 to 100,000, as one of the justifications for the sacrifice of American lives and treasure in Iraq,” the Beacon’s Todd Shepherd wrote.

Due to its border with Mexico, immigration is often a hot topic in Arizona. Still, those remarks are unlikely to sit well with the roughly 520,000 veterans that call Arizona home.

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