If the feds won’t build it Arizona will; Update: Arizona will be seeking online donations to fund fence

Posted on May 3, 2011


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I’m not sure how this will play out given that regulating the border is supposed to fall under the feds’ jurisdiction, but maybe someone else with legal knowledge can help me out here.

In the meantime, it appears as if the state of Arizona is tired of sitting around and waiting for the federal government to “complete the danged fence,” no help from John McCain withstanding.   Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill on Thursday authorizing Arizona to go ahead with a fence project now that the feds’ high tech fence idea has been completely scrapped:

PHOENIX (AP) — A bill signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer authorizes erection of a security fence along Arizona’s portion of the U.S.-Mexico border, either in a compact with other states or by itself

Spokesman Matt Benson declined immediate comment Friday on why Brewer signed the bill Thursday and on whether she plans to invoke the authority.

The bill does not specify a cost or make an appropriation but says the state would use donations, inmate labor and private contractors.

So if you’re sympathetic to Arizona’s plight and might be willing to pony up a buck or two, be on the lookout for an announcement from Brewer.  After all, with the feds suing the state in court over SB-1070 and withdrawing the extra border help in the form of the National Guards in June, she could probably use all the help she can get.

UPDATE:

From Fox News, it looks as if it will be a “go” to seek funding online:

Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course that begins with launching a website to raise money for the work, said state Sen. Steve Smith, the bill’s sponsor.

“We’re going to build this site as fast as we can, and promote it, and market the heck out of it,” said Smith, a first-term Republican senator.

[…]

Part of the marketing pitch for donations could include providing certificates declaring that individual contributors “helped build the Arizona wall,” Smith said. “I think it’s going to be a really, really neat thing.”

Construction would start “after we’ve raised a significant amount of money first” but possibly as soon as later this year, Smith said.

“If the website is up and there is an overwhelming response to what we’ve done and millions of dollars in this fund, I would see no reason why engineering or initial construction or finalized plans can’t be accomplished,” he said.

There’s no official website yet, but I’ll post an update with the address as soon as it’s announced.

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