July 5, 2011
Arizona officials are gearing up for a July 20 launch of a website to accept donations to pay for construction of additional fencing along the state’s portion of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Under legislation approved in April, the state would use donated money and inmate labor to build additional fencing along parts of the border, likely on state or privately owned property.
With illegal immigration and other border-related concerns still prominent in the state, Republican lawmakers who supported the fence legislation see the fundraising project simply as a way to pay for helping secure the border.
“It’s because the federal government won’t do it and because the state doesn’t have the money to do it,” said state Sen. Steve Smith, a Maricopa Republican lawmaker who sponsored the fence bill.