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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Arizona Seeking Donations for Border Fence Construction

After losing its appeal to the Ninth Circuit of District Judge Susan Bolton's decision to put the major portions of Arizona's immigration law on hold, Governor Jan Brewer is taking her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. We all knew it was coming and here it is. While that's going on, Arizona state legislators are asking for online donations to help construct a Border fence since the Federal government will not do it. Perhaps the best part is that they'll use prison labor to do it.

Via the AP:
PHOENIX – Arizona lawmakers want more fence along the border with Mexico — whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not.

They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labor. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year.

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 from Maricopa.

Arizona — strapped for cash and mired in a budget crisis — is already using public donations to pay for its legal defense of the SB1070 illegal immigration law.

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.
The Daily Caller has more on Arizona's SCOTUS appeal.

h/t Barrackaid #2

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