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Arizona Lawmakers Seek Funds for Private Border Fence

November 28, 2011  | 

Nogales (Ariz.) Police Chief Jeffrey Kirkham near the border fence in his jurisdiction in 2010. Photo: Paul Clinton.
Nogales (Ariz.) Police Chief Jeffrey Kirkham near the border fence in his jurisdiction in 2010. Photo: Paul Clinton.

Arizona lawmakers are passing the collection plate to citizens to raise funds to construct a private border fence along the Mexico border to halt drug-cartel activity, smuggling, and illegal immigration.

Since July, the effort spearheaded by State Sen. Steve Smith has raised $255,000, which would barely cover a half mile of fencing. Total supplies would cost about $426,000 per mile. Work would be completed by prisoners at 50 cents per hour, reports the Arizona Republic.

The project's first priority is to build fences at busy border-crossing points. Other plans include constructing fences along the 80 miles of border where none currently exist. Arizona shares a 370-mile border with Mexico.

Tags: U.S.-Mexico Border, Illegal Immigration


Comments (4)

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John @ 11/29/2011 9:37 AM

Over 1.5 Million for THIS? Seems like an astronomical expense for something that doesn't look like much of a deterrent. These folks forge rivers, scale canyon walls and brave miles of desert to get here. Does anyone really think that a 10 foot fence is going to be much of a hindrance? Really?

John @ 11/29/2011 9:51 AM

OOPS! I meant 150 Million. And this is only for materials. Labor is extra.

Laura @ 11/29/2011 12:27 PM

Looks like they are making it out of steel or some other expensive metal. Pull a vehicle up next to that and everyone climbs over! Roll after roll of Razor wire might be a better deterrent and hopefully less expensive.

crispianranger @ 12/1/2011 6:10 PM

We found that five rows deep of Agave planted along the border worked well for us in Southern Africa. It even kept elephants out!

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