PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona lawmakers who hoped to build miles of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money are instead directing the cash to a border sheriff for equipment.
Republican backers of the 2011 legislation hoped to collect as much as $50 million in donations to build the fence. But the state received only about $265,000.
Lawmakers, sheriffs and state department heads who serve on the Legislature’s border security advisory committee met Monday and gave nearly $220,000 to the Cochise County sheriff to buy night-vision and other equipment.
The other border sheriff’s declined to ask for the money.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada appreciates the offer but says he won’t participate because it’s one-time money and it’s not enough to have an effect.
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