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Speaker Ben Toma and Mark Krikorian on the Reality of the Border

Speaker Ben Toma and Mark Krikorian on the Reality of the Border

Update: 2024-06-07


This week on Breaking Battlegrounds, Chuck and Sam are joined by Arizona Speaker of the House Ben Toma, candidate for Congress in Arizona's 8th Congressional District, as he shares his vision for Congress and addresses the abuse of power by Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes. In the second half of the show, Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, joins the conversation with the Speaker to delve into Mexico’s elections, border policies under the Biden administration, and Arizona’s recent proposal (Secure Border Act) referred to the ballot. And stay tuned for Kiley’s corner as she provides an update on the Karen Read trail, and as always, we end the show with the Sunshine Moment.

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About our guests:

Arizona Speaker of the House Ben Toma is a candidate for Congress in congressional district 8. His family immigrated to the United States through the legal immigration process when he was just a small boy. Originally from Romania, his parents fled the dangers of communism and after overcoming difficult obstacles found freedom and the opportunity to build a new life in the United States of America.Ben is a small business owner and real estate broker who served on the Peoria City Council and was appointed to the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2017. In 2018, Ben was elected to the Arizona State House of Representatives and was quickly elevated to leadership roles by his peers. In the legislature, Ben authored and passed two landmark pieces of conservative legislation that were previously thought “impossible” by both supporters and opponents.Ben’s first remarkable accomplishment was the historic “flat tax” law which brought much needed economic relief to working families and small businesses; to date, this is the single largest tax cut in Arizona’s history.His second achievement was passing the universal Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. Named the “biggest school choice victory in U.S. history,” this legislation allows and supports parents in making the best decisions for their children’s education.In 2023, Ben Toma was elected as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives.


Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995. The Center, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, D.C., examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States.Mr. Krikorian’s knowledge and expertise in the immigration field are sought by Congress, as well as the mainstream and new media. He frequently testifies before Congress and has published articles in numerous outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Commentary. He is a contributor at National Review Online, and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, and NPR, among other television and radio programs. He is on Twitter at @MarkSKrikorian.

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Speaker Ben Toma and Mark Krikorian on the Reality of the Border

Speaker Ben Toma and Mark Krikorian on the Reality of the Border

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