Lawmakers want state border fence started
Web Producer: Taylor Avey
PHOENIX (AP) - Members of the legislature's border security advisory committee want Arizona to begin building a mile of fencing along the state's border with Mexico even though it has raised only a fraction of the needed money.
The committee has raised only 10 percent of the $2.8 million needed to complete a mile of fencing. The ultimate goal is to build 200 miles of border fencing.
Republican state Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa tells the Arizona Republic he believes more private donations will come in once construction begins.
Smith says he hopes construction can begin by the end of the year using donated supplies and prison inmate labor.
The Legislature created the committee in 2010 and tasked it with making recommendations to the governor about how to handle the border.
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