Arizona lawmakers say they will build border fence

November 24, 2011 - 10:05 AM
Arizona Border Fence

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2011 file photo shows the border fence stretching west of Nogales, Ariz. into the Coronado National Forest. An Arizona lawmaker, Republican state Sen. Steve Smith, who is leading an effort to build additional fences near the state's border with Mexico through donations said he expects to begin construction on more barriers some time next year. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Michael Chow, File) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is taking on immigration once again.

State lawmakers are collecting donations from the public to put fencing along every inch of the state's porous border with Mexico in a first-of-its-kind effort.

The idea came from a state senator, Republican Steve Smith, who says that people from across the nation have donated about $255,000 to the project since July.

That's when the state launched a fundraising website that urges visitors to "show the world the resolve and the can-do spirit of the American people."

Supporters argue the project is necessary because the federal government has done little to secure the border.

Opponents say the idea is a misguided, piecemeal approach to border issues that will prove to be ineffective and hugely expensive.

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Arizona's border-fence fundraising: http://bit.ly/vWJySa