August 17, 2005

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Mesa lawmaker calls for border fence

PHOENIX - A state lawmaker believes Arizonans are so frustrated with illegal immigration that they're willing to raise fees - and possibly tax themselves - to build a fence along the state's southern border.

Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, is drafting a measure to ask voters next year to spend the money to erect a climb-proof fence wherever possible from Yuma to east of Douglas.

Pearce acknowledged Tuesday that he doesn't know the price tag. A similar fence erected by federal officials near San Diego cost about $1.7 million a mile; the Arizona border stretches for about 350 miles.

But Pearce said he believes stemming the flow of people crossing the border illegally will end up saving Arizonans far more than what the state spends for health care, education and prison costs on illegal entrants.

He also thinks money can be raised by taxing transfers of money by people to their families in other countries.

Arizona can't legally build a fence right on the border, which is federal land. But Pearce said it could erect it along the southern property lines of individual landowners.

The idea has some support from those who live with the problem of border crossers, like Jack Ladd, whose Cochise County ranch includes about 10 1/2 miles along the border.

"I'm in favor of something that would help,'' said Ladd. He said the state would have permission to use the line along his ranch, which includes both deeded land and property he leases from the state.

Bud Strom, whose ranch comes within a quarter-mile of the border, also likes the idea.

The rest is HERE.

This might end up being the only why we can get thousands of criminals to stop invading our border.

Posted by BillyBudd at August 17, 2005 08:21 AM | TrackBack

I wonder if we are finally seeing a postive trend. If so, I credit the Minutemen. That is it. No one els.

Posted by: gindy at August 17, 2005 10:23 AM

You'll have little booths all along it selling wire cutters and water containers...

Posted by: JulieB at August 18, 2005 12:01 AM
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