COOLIDGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Arizona Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko on Tuesday endorsed the idea of sending immigrants who are in the country illegally to so-called sanctuary cities.

Both Republicans characterized the proposal - first floated by the Trump administration last week - as a "put up or shut up" moment for cities and towns that have shown support for migrants.

[READ MORE: Trump considers releasing detained immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities]

"They keep saying they don't want to follow the laws and that they welcome migrants so, hey, why not welcome them," Lesko said.

Their comments come as critics of the plan say the White House wants to punish parts of the country that have been critical of Trump's immigration policies.

"I don't think it's retribution at all. I think that what it is saying is that you've indicated that you're welcoming, and you want these people here, and we're going to take you at your word," Biggs said.

Biggs and Lesko were both in Coolidge, where they attended the latest demonstration of a proposed border wall project.

Tempe-based Fisher Industries, one of the original companies in the running for the contract, has said it can build more than 230 miles of the border wall by June 2020. What's more, it says it can do it for less than what's budgeted.

The company on Tuesday demonstrated the building technique it would use, which allows it to install seven panels at the same time.

[WATCH: Tempe contractor demonstrates building technique for border wall]

The president and CEO of the company estimates that his team could complete 1 mile of the steel bollard fence every day.

But it's not just the wall. Fisher's solution also includes a video monitoring system and paved roads to help Border Patrol agents cover more ground.

Tuesday's demonstration was meant to drum up support for Fisher in Congress.

While a border wall -- no matter how quickly it's built -- will not stop the surge of migrant families who are seeking asylum and turning themselves in to border agents, both Lesko and Biggs seemed impressed by what they saw.

[RELATED: Tempe company says it can build border wall under budget, in less time]

That stream of Central American families seeking asylum here does not seem to be letting up.

The U.S. Border Patrol reported that about 360 migrants surrendered to agents near the Port of Lukeville Tuesday morning.

The group, which was comprised mostly of Central American families, got off buses and then walked under the vehicle barrier.

It's a scenario that has played out over and over along the U.S. border.

[RELATED: Border Patrol: Nearly 750 immigrants arrested in Yuma Sector (March 11, 2019)]

[RELATED: Hundreds of migrants cross Arizona border after 'several busloads' dropped off in Mexico (Jan. 28, 2019)]

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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(5) comments

Rob Dobbs

Please, Br'er Fox, don't fling me in dat Sanctuary City!


Ask a Native American how they feel about what became of their country and culture when they failed to control immigration.......

gail todd

Make no mistake, Democrats want this. They will with hold support allowing as many

illegal aliens to enter the country before assisting in border security. Dems offer

rewards, incentives so.....More caravans on the way. The current migration at our

border is costing U.S taxpayers a Kings ransom. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for

freebies? they sure don't stay in Mexico when they reach "safety" or ask or offered

political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they

make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

Notice how many have made the long, difficult, dangerous journey to our country

8-9 months pregnant? Give birth on American soil and the U.S. taxpayers will not

only pay for the birth of you're child but will also give you state government


To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like

Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals

(DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing "temporary or deferred" about

these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees

(usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently

using the charge of racism, religion, guilt against anyone opposed. Simple formula

works great.

gail todd

Democrat Platform

*Open Borders.

*Sanctuary Cities.

*Elimination of ICE.

*Voting rights for illegal aliens.

*Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)

*Increase refugee's from the third world.

*Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.


*Free Abortions (Taxpayer funded)

*The green new deal.

*End of Electoral College

*Free health care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)

*Raise Minimum Wage

*Have adolescents vote

*!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)

*Reparations for every race "harmed" by the white man.

*Convicts voting.

*Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.

*Late term abortions.

Show Me Data

Interesting your headline writer used, and if you actually have one, your editor, allowed, the word "dump" in the headline. How many times did you publish that word in your articles about the illegal aliens dropped off in Phoenix? An unbiased approach? I think not.

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