Arizona launched a website Wednesday to accept donations to pay for fencing along the Mexico border, and a supporter says the $3.8 million people donated to defend the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement law could be just a taste of what to expect.
Gov. Jan Brewer’s legal-defense site for the law known as SB1070 raised money for “an intangible service – you’re paying for a lawyer,” said state Sen. Steve Smith. “This, you can taste and smell what you’re getting – you’re paying for a secure border.”
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The launch of buildtheborderfence.com was keyed to Wednesday being the date most new laws passed during the Legislature’s 2011 regular session go into effect.
Smith, who sponsored the legislation authorizing the fence project, said Tuesday that his initial goal is $50 million.
“It’s not my end goal. If we can raise $50 million, we’re off to a fabulous start,” the first-term Republican said.
What the money will actually buy has yet to be determined. A border security advisory committee consisting of legislators, state agency directors and county sheriffs will make recommendations to the Legislature on how and where to spend the money.