Sunday, October 24

Sinema Stalls: Constituents confront senator in Arizona State University bathroom over Build Back Better agenda and immigration

  • Protesters confronted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema at Arizona State University, which employs her as a lecturer.
  • At one point, protesters followed Sinema into a bathroom on campus and continued listing their demands.
  • Another protest was organized Saturday night outside a corporate fundraiser for Sinema in Phoenix.

After leaving Washington DC amidst tense budget negotiations, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., has been repeatedly confronted by constituents who are demanding that she stop blocking the Biden Build Back Better agenda and to pass immigration reform.

On Sunday, constituents, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and members of grassroots nonprofit Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) confronted Sinema at the University of Arizona, which employs her as a lecturer in its School of Social Work.

At one point, several members of the group followed her into the bathroom and continued to list their demands while she was inside a bathroom stall, a video tweeted by the group showed.

An undocumented immigrant youth named Blanca told Sinema in the bathroom that she was brought to the US when she was three years old and has been unable to visit her grandfather in Mexico, who she said was deported in 2010 and passed away two weeks ago, because she does not have a path to citizenship, according to a video tweeted by the group.

Sinema stayed silent throughout the encounter.

“We knocked on doors for you to get you elected. And just how we got you elected, we can get you out of office if you don’t support what you promised us,” Blanca said.

LUCHA also organized a protest on Saturday outside the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix where Sinema was meeting with corporate fundraisers for a “retreat” for her political action committee, The New York Times reported.

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