Panel Approves Ballot Measure To Put Wall At Arizona Border


A legislative committee endorsed a proposal Wednesday to ask voters to approve the construction of a wall at the Arizona-Mexico border to keep immigrants from entering the state illegally.

If the proposal clears the Legislature and is approved by voters in November, the wall wouldn’t stretch the full length of Arizona’s 375-mile border with Mexico, but would be built in spots where radar and other sensor technology couldn’t stop the flow of illegal immigrants, said Republican Rep. Russell Pearce of Mesa, sponsor of the proposal.

No opponents spoke out against the proposal (HCR2037) at the committee hearing.

But last week, Sierra Club lobbyist Sandy Bahr said environmentalists oppose the construction of a wall because it would create a barrier for wild animals that normally cross the border.

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