Arizona lawmakers say they will build border fence

AP News

11/24/2011 9:03:09 AM - AP News
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.___Online:Arizona's border-fence fundraising: http://bit.ly/vWJySa