Arizona State Gov’t Starts Charity To Build Border Fence
www.buildtheborderfence.com is the website started by the Arizona Government to accept public donations to keep out those darned immigrants. Incredible. What’s even better, is that the donations are actually tax deductible, should you choose to make one. More info at the Arizona Daily Star:
The website where people can donate to build a state-supported border fence is up - but it’ll likely take millions of dollars for the ballyhooed plan to lead to actual construction.
Modern, sturdy border fences are expensive - it cost between $2.6 million to $7.4 million per mile to build hundreds of miles of new fencing in Arizona over the last five years. The most recent project, replacing 2.8 miles of old fence in Nogales, cost $4.14 million per mile.
The Arizona lawmaker who sponsored the fence bill is aware of the high costs, but Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, says that standing by and accepting the federal government’s refusal to build more fences is not an option.
“Somebody has to put the first foot on the ladder and start climbing,” said Smith. “Border security is the name of the game. That’s why we are doing this.”
Under the legislation passed in April, the governor is allowed to enter an “interstate compact” to build and maintain an international border fence using private or public donations.