Democrat Ruben Gallego downplays border ‘expertise’ in call with donors

EXCLUSIVE — Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) minimized to Democratic donors the role he would play in crafting federal immigration policy if he wins his Arizona Senate race against Republican Kari Lake.

In video obtained by the Washington Examiner, Gallego fielded an immigration question from a donor Tuesday evening during a private virtual fundraiser, in which the border-state lawmaker said it was unlikely he’d be placed “on the committee of jurisdiction” and noted his experience in foreign affairs and the armed services.

Gallego advocated a series of proposals crafted by a bipartisan group roughly a decade ago that did not become law, and he stated immigration is an arena he focuses on “once in a while” and that it’s “not my expertise.”

The episode offered a window into how Gallego, who frequently offers public remarks and legislation
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